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Erie County

The Health Department reminded residents to remove standing water from their property to help prevent control mosquitoes and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.

“We have not had a confirmed human case of West Nile Virus (“WNV”) in Erie County since October 2012,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “We want to extend that record and ask all Erie County residents to help assist in prevention efforts against all mosquito-borne diseases.”

She offered these other tips:

• Use an effective repellant during outdoor activities containing 25 to 30 percent DEET.

• Limit outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.

• Use barriers to protect skin such as mosquito nets/screens for baby strollers/playpens, long sleeves/pants, socks/shoes, and hats.

• Mosquitoes are attracted to people by odors on the skin and by carbon dioxide from the breath.

• Mosquito traps, bug zappers, ultrasonic repellers and other devices marketed to prevent mosquitoes from biting people are not effective and should not be relied on to reduce mosquito bites.