West Nile Virus: How to Prevent Infection

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West Nile Virus: How to Prevent Infection

July 31, 2015


If you are spending the summer in Florida, there is bound to be at least one month of on and off thunderstorms and rain leading to a lot of puddles and standing water. Mix that with the heat and you have a breeding ground for mosquitoes.


Mosquitoes are those annoying little flies that have caused endless hype about “West Nile virus.” That is because they are carriers of the virus. Nobody likes to get bug bites, especially when there is the possibility of contracting a virus.


Summertime is when children like to play outside as much as possible, especially after a long bout of rainy days. How can you help prevent mosquitoes from infecting your children?


=      Use an insect repellent that contains one of these ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus. Use the repellant any time you or your children are outside.

=      Use citronella products to repel mosquitoes from your porch or other areas outside.

=      Try to get rid of any standing water around your house or in your yard.


While there is no vaccine to protect against the West Nile virus, taking preventative steps can decrease the chances of your child being bitten.


If mosquitoes have bitten your child, check to see if they exhibit any of these symptoms:


=      Fever

=      Headache and body aches

=      Joint pains

=      Vomiting

=      Diarrhea

=      Rash


These symptoms along with mosquito bites may indicate a possible West Nile virus infection. It is recommended to take you child to a doctor for further examination.

Be sure to call Rainbow Pediatrics at (850) 257-5524 to schedule your appointment.


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Panama City Office:

2933 Hwy 77 (MLK Blvd)

Panama City, FL 32405


Phone: (850) 257-5524

Fax: (850) 257-5638

Hours: 8:00 to 5:00 Mon-Fri


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10800 PC Beach Pkwy, Unit 400

Panama City Beach, FL 32407


Phone: (850) 249-3500

Fax: (850) 249-3530

Hours: 8:00 to 5:00 Mon-Fri


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Panama City

2933 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 257-5524

Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri

Panama City Beach

10800 PCB Pkwy, Unit 400
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-3500

Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri