(PANHANDLE)-As area high school sports fans head out to cheer on their teams this fall, the Panhandle Public Health District is urging them to be prepared to battle hungry mosquitoes that may be carrying the dangerous West Nile Virus.
Mosquito pools being tested in the Panhandle continue to test positive for West Nile Virus, and PPHD has partnered with area schools to raise awareness. PPHD environmental health coordinator Tabi Prochazka says, “Late summer and early fall are the prime time for the Culex mosquito, a particular breed of mosquito that carries the West Nile Virus. We need to take precautions until it freezes hard enough to kill the mosquitoes.”
PPHD has partnered with area schools to raise awareness by providing education and deet wipes to be used at football games and cross county meets.
Prochazka encourages everyone to follow some simple precautions to protect themselves and their families.
–Use a mosquito repellant that contains DEET. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.
–Take extra precautions when going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
–Get rid of standing water.
–Add larvicides to animal drinking troughs.
–Keep window screens in good repair.
For additional information, visit www.pphd.org or call PPHD at 308-487-3600 or toll-free at 866-701-7173. Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle. Their vision is a healthier and safer Panhandle community.