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Forum staff reports, Published August 05 2013

How to avoid West Nile virus

Health experts recommend precautions to avoid the West Nile virus, spread by mosquitos:

- Weather permitting, wear long sleeves and pants. Loose clothing is better.

- Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and over clothing.

- Try to avoid peak mosquito times, from dawn to dusk. Woody and brushy areas during the day also can harbor mosquitos.

- Eliminate standing water, including clogged rain gutters. Empty bird baths after five days.

To report dead birds to North Dakota health officials, go online to http://www.ndhealth.gov/WNV/Testing/