West Nile Virus - Community Risk

How does your at-risk community help prevent outbreaks of West Nile virus?

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What can a community do to reduce the risk of an outbreak of the West Nile virus?

First, a community can monitor the bird population for the virus; this includes surveillance of birds that are sick or have died of disease.

Second, the community can watch out for stagnant water, particularly if it is nutrient-laden; it is inviting for Culex mosquitoes.

Third, widespread mosquito-control efforts, including the use of spraying and larvacide, may be warranted for prevention of West Nile virus infection. However, even with rigorous surveillance, spraying, and larvaciding, the virus may still infect people.

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