BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There is some good news as we start spending more time outside this summer. Fewer mosquitoes are testing positive for the dangerous West Nile virus. But, health officials warn you shouldn't let your guard down, as last year we saw a resurgence in cases of West Nile in Louisiana.
There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your risks. Wear repellents that contain DEET. However, don't use products with more than 30 percent DEET. And, repellants aren't recommended for those under two months old.
Avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito periods of dusk and dawn. But, if you are outdoors at those times, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. One of the most important things you can do is eliminate standing water around your home.
Parishes around the state are remaining vigilant in mosquito control. Taking some control yourself with a few simple steps could go a long way in protecting you and your family.