The most important way to prevent a West Nile Virus (WNV) infection is to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin, following the manufacturer instructions.
  • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting time (dusk and dawn) by using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing.
  • Remove standing water from your property, where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Ensure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.