West Nile Virus Warning for Alabama, Four Cases This Summer


By Heather VacLav

If you're spending time outdoors in Alabama, you'll want to keep bug repellent handy. The Alabama Department of Public Health is advising you to protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses this summer.

Public health officials say this summer, four cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in Alabama.

Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have also been found in horses in West Alabama.

Public health officials suggest using insect repellent when going outside, and wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially during dawn or dusk. You should also empty standing water around your home.