San Francisco health officials advise travelers
on West Nile virus
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
July 14, 2006
San Francisco public health officials are offering West Nile
virus prevention advice for those summer travelers seeking warmer
climes outside of the foggy, mostly mosquito sheltered city.
In a statement from the San Francisco Department of Public Health,
officials warned that West Nile virus has been detected this year
in 17 California counties.
On Wednesday a second bird was found in Contra Costa County that
tested positive for the virus, the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector
Control District reported.
About two weeks ago the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
reported finding two infected birds and several infected mosquitoes
in the San Jose area.
The Department of Public Health released several guidelines for
choosing and using mosquito repellents for travelers venturing
into areas where contact with infected mosquitoes is more likely.
Department officials advised that adults read all labels before
applying repellents to the skin or clothing; seek out products
containing DEET or Picaridin; and be careful to re apply DEET
repellent after swimming or heavy perspiration.
For children, health officials advised products containing Picaridin.
They recommended avoiding products that combine repellent with
sunscreen. Also, parents were advised that adults should apply
repellent to children and products should be kept safely away
Repellents containing oil or lemon eucalyptus may sting when
applied to children or those with sensitive skin, according to
More information on West Nile Virus can be found at http://www.sfmosquito.org
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