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Resource Guide: How To Protect Yourself From West Nile

6:58 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to follow the 5 D's of protection: 

Dusk/Dawn: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those hours.
Dress: Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET: Cover exposed skin and clothes with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET. It is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
Drain: Empty any containers (buckets, barrels, kiddie pools) holding standing water to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Doors: Make sure doors, windows and screens are in good condition and fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

For more information on West Nile protection and resources in your local area:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention gives you facts about WNV, resources for prevention and statistics in your area. 

American Mosquito Control Association provides information about mosquitoes and education on prevention.  

The Georgia Department of Public Health provides information about Vector-borne Diseases such as West Nile Virus. 

DeKalb County Board of Health provides localized information and services for mosquito prevention. To schedule a Mosquito Assessment for your home call (404) 508-7900 or visit online

Fulton County's Environmental Health Division has increased efforts to limit mosquito growth in the county. For more information and assistance call the Mosquito Hotline at (404) 730-5296 or call the Environmental Health office at (404) 613-1301.

Clayton County Board of Health offers information and a hotline to report mosquito activity and dead birds. Call (678) 610-7199.

Cobb and Douglas County Board of Health provides prevention information and hotlines to report complaints. To report a mosquito complaint in Cobb County call (770) 435-7815 or to report a complaint in Douglas County call (770) 920-7311.

Gwinnett, Rockdale, and Newton County Health Departments offer information about health during the summer, including protection from West Nile Virus.  

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