The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning everyone to take precautions, because you never know when a mosquito bite may turn into something more serious.
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It's mosquito season again.
Although most of these flying pests are harmless, some can carry serious illnesses such as West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever. So, authorities say, you need to guard against them.
Five years ago, the tourist town of Key West, Florida began seeing what would be dozens of cases of dengue fever.
Officials took action immediately.
“The most important thing we could do was get a message out to the people who lived there that they had to partner with us to knock down the mosquito population.”
So, they sent representatives door to door and asked residents to get rid of standing water, and protect themselves with bug spray and long clothing.
Today, Key West is dengue free.
“The primary thing is public health, the secondary is nuisance. If you can eliminate nuisance you can help public health issues,” says Stephen Smith, of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.
Mosquito experts say, in order to avoid being bitten, try these tips:
Dress with long sleeves and long pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are more prevalent
Get rid of standing water around your home, because mosquitoes love to breed in water
Use an insect repellant
Always keep an eye on public health alerts to make sure you are doing your part to fight the bite.