The American College of Emergency Physicians is concerned about this being the worst outbreak of West Nile Virus in the nation's history. We've already lost 2 people to the virus in the Pine Belt and there have been a number of additional cases. West Nile is carried by mosquitos and the E.R. physicians urge the following precautions:
--Use the mosquito repellant such as DEET when going outdoors and uncovered—especially around dawn or dusk. However ask a physician before using on young children and never use on infants under 2 months old.
--Get rid of any standing water around your property.
--Use screens to keep mosquitos out of the house.
--Don't handle dead birds.