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Doctors Warn Against Mosquito Exposure

July 09, 2018 - 8:49 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois has already seen its first human case of West Nile virus back in mid-May -- a Chicago resident in her sixties.  No human cases yet in Missouri -- but the time is right. 

SLU Care's Dr. Nirav Patel is an infectious diseases specialist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

“Right now we’ve had a lot of rain, and it is hot and humid and muggy, and that’s perfect for mosquito breeding season so be on the alert for mosquitos and take steps to protect yourself from exposure to mosquitoes," he says.

Patel says key prevention tips include wearing repellent containing DEET or picaridin and getting rid of any sources of standing water in or around your home.