The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the current outbreak of West Nile virus is the largest the country has ever seen and could go even higher. One person in Alabama has already died and there are at least 12 confirmed cases in the state. There are some important things to remember about West Nile virus, and at the top of the list is to not let this outbreak lead to panic. Not every mosquito carries West Nile and even if you are bitten by one that does, it's entirely possible that you won't get sick. In fact, some people who contract the virus never show any symptoms and never even know they have it. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions. You should always wear long sleeves and long pants when possible, but if that's not feasible, make sure to cover yourself with a bug repellent that contains deet. This is especially important at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes bite the most. And protect your neighbors by making sure there is no standing water in your yard in flower pots and such, which is where mosquitoes breed. I've placed a list of other helpful tips in the My Take section of WAFF.com. Check them out and let's make these last few weeks of summer safe ones. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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