Protect yourself against mosquitos and West Nile virus

Mosquito spraying update, Aug. 16, 2012: Dallas County has notified the City of University Park that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will occur between 8:30 p.m. today, August 16, and 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17. This will include SMU’s main campus. In addition, the City of University Park will begin ground-spraying the SMU main campus beginning about 8:30 p.m. today and again at 11 p.m. Friday, subject to weather conditions. Those on campus during the aerial and ground spraying should remain inside as a precaution. Read more from SMU News.

Because mosquitoes are common in North Texas this time of year, the City of University Park has been spraying for mosquitoes to diminish the threat of West Nile virus. SMU is working with area authorities in addressing the mosquito problem.

beware of mosquitoesThe SMU Health Center is prepared to test and provide immediate care for anyone in the SMU community who suspects he or she is infected with West Nile. The SMU Health Center also has the recommended DEET insect repellent available while supplies last.

To protect yourself against West Nile and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Wear long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
  • Protect yourself especially if you go outside during dusk and dawn hours.
  • Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. SMU monitors the campus daily for standing water, removes it and treats the area. Avoid stagnant water. If you see stagnant water on campus, please report it to SMU Facility Services at 214-768-3494.

Those with questions about the West Nile virus should contact the SMU Health Center at 214-768-2141.

More health considerations during the dog days of summer:

Avoid becoming dehydrated. The Mayo Clinic urges people to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables.

Check your sun exposure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns:

  • Avoid overexposure to UV rays from both natural and artificial sources.
  • Wear protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts made of tightly-woven fabric, and sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (protecting from both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater to protect uncovered skin.

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