Warning From The CDC

Health officials are urging Tennesseans to be extra careful around mosquitoes this summer. Five cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in Tennessee, and that number could jump soon. Doctors are reporting 11,000 cases of the virus this summer; almost triple the amount usually seen at this point of the year. They say this could be due to this year’s mild winter and early spring. So how does one avoid West Nile Virus? The CDC says the most important thing is to use insect repellant such as bug spray. They also advise to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if the weather permits. One should also check window and door screens, so mosquitoes can’t get inside and make sure to get rid of any standing water near your home.