Bronx residents try to bite away West Nile

When the weather warms up, the buzz about West Nile virus starts to heat up and this summer is no exception.

Health officials warn Bronx residents that mosquitoes, carriers of the deadly West Nile virus, are starting to swarm around in full force. Officials say mosquito season peaks from July to September and therefore people should fly over to a drug store for some necessary bug spray.

From 1999 to 2004 there were 40 reported cases of West Nile in the Bronx. Most individuals who have contracted the disease show no apparent signs but the virus can still prove fatal. Although there are no treatments, there are preventative measures people can take. Health experts say to look around the house and make sure there aren't any areas, such as trash cans, prone to collecting water. If there are, tip them over.

Another tip officials say helps slap away those bugs is to buy bug spray containing ?DEET.? Experts say DEET disables biting insects? ability to detect the source of carbon dioxide, the gas naturally given off by one?s skin and breath, which is what attracts mosquitoes to humans.

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