West Nile Virus
What You Need to Know
West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.
Learn more about the West Nile Virus, including symptoms, treatment, and what to do if you think you've been infected, in a document prepared by the Centers for Disease Control.
CDC Fact Sheet on West Nile Virus
Fight the Bite
The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites.
- When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Follow the directions on the package.
- Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
- Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
Eliminate Places Where Mosquitoes Breed
- Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels.
- Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.
- Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
- Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used
Moquito Control Program in our Community
Surveillance and spraying programs help to monitor and eliminate the threats from mosquitoes. Bowie's annual mosquito program has been underway since April.
View the surveillance and spraying schedule