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To protect yourself:

Use an insect repellent with DEET.
Wear a light-coloured long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat.
Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

West Nile virus:

West Nile virus (WNv) is a virus carried by some mosquitoes. If bitten by a WNv-carrying mosquito, the virus can spread to you, putting you at risk of developing West Nile Non-Neurological Syndrome, or the more serious West Nile Neurological Syndrome. Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s best to avoid being bitten at all.