West Nile in Huntsville?

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West Nile in Huntsville?

Mosquito cary the west nile virus.

Mosquito cary the west nile virus.

Mosquito cary the west nile virus.

Mosquito cary the west nile virus.

Brittney Barker, Writer

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Because we normally associate the West Nile virus with mosquitos and summer, you might be surprised that several incidences of West Nile have been reported in the Huntsville area within recent weeks.  

“It’s scary. I’m going to take extra precautions to prevent this from happening,” states Sadie Turner. But exactly what are those precautions? Nurse Bocchino has these tips:“ If you’re going to be outside, you need to wear bug spray with deet in it. If you think you’ve been bitten and feel ill, you need to follow up with your doctor.”  The main source of getting the virus is through the bite of a mosquito. Deet provides protection against insects and reduces your risk of getting it.

For those that play sports, it’s a problem as well. “I’m outside playing soccer,” says Nkechi Nnorom.  So far, local news sources report that 12 Alabamians have been affected.

The best thing to do is protect yourself.  You can do this by wearing long sleeves whenever possible and using bug spray.

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