While the whole United States celebrates the Labor Day holiday, the states located in the mainland worry about a spike in the number of West Nile virus infections as people go out to celebrate in the year that has witnessed record cases.
The disease has killed 66 people nationwide in 2012 as of this posting, while over 1,500 human cases have been reported.
“It’s a late summer disease so the fact the we’ve got so many cases this early and it’s so wide widespread does not bode well,” Joe Conlon of the American Mosquito Control Association said.
There are many ways to help protect you and your family from the potentially fatal West Nile virus. The most common is to apply the skin with insect repellent that contains DEET. Health officials also warn people about going out during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend emptying containers that may collect rainwater and sprinkler water.