How can people reduce the chance of getting infected?
The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites:
•Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.
•Wear long sleeves and pants from dusk through dawn when many mosquitoes are most active.
•Install or repair screens on windows and doors. If you have it, use your air conditioning.
•Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home. Empty standing water from containers such as flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.

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1. What is West Nile virus?
2. How do people get West Nile virus?
3. How soon do people get sick after getting bitten by an infected mosquito?
4. What are the symptoms of West Nile virus disease?
5. How can people reduce the chance of getting infected?
6. What repellent should I use?
7. How do birds get infected with West Nile virus?
8. Do birds infected with West Nile virus die or become ill?
9. What should I do if I find a dead bird?
10. Where can I report a problem with mosquitoes?