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Health Alert! Take precautions to protect yourself and others from West Nile Virus

Health officials across the United States have been working over time this summer trying to abate mosquitoes in response to the West Nile Virus (WNV) epidemic. As of September 11, 2002 there were 1201 laboratory-confirmed human cases and 46 deaths reported (, with more cases being added daily.

Human illness from WNV is rare - the chance that any one person will become ill from a mosquito bite remains low. WNV is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, which can infect horses, many bird types, some other animals, and people. Most people who become infected will have no or only mild symptoms. On rare occasions, however, infection can result in severe and sometimes deadly West Nile encephalitis (risk is greater in persons 50 years of age or older).

Newport News is no exception as it is surrounded by water. While you're outside at Jefferson Lab or at home, take precautions to protect yourself and each other from mosquito bites.

The City has provided abatement activities since the mid 1950's as mosquitoes have evolved from a mere nuisance to a public health and safety concern. The City would ask that you also take the following precautions:

If you have concerns in your work area talk to your Division EH&S Officer or call Medical Services.

For more information on WNV go to:
To learn how to use Insect Repellants safely go to: