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Health experts suggest best ways to avoid mosquito-borne illness in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Doctors said they are expecting more cases of mosquito-borne illnesses as more people are heading to the great outdoors.

The Oklahoma City County Health Department has a few suggestions to help residents avoid bug bites.

Officials said mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are most active during the hours of dusk and dawn, so take precautions if you are out at those times.

Health officials also suggest wearing long sleeves and long pants; don’t forget to cover your ankles as well.

Doctors said bug repellents with DEET are the best ways to keep the bugs away but be sure to wash them off afterwards.

Also, regularly check for stagnant water around your home.

INFO: How to avoid bites and protect against mosquitoes

Oklahoma City residents can also report any possible sources of stagnant water breeding mosquitoes online here or by calling (405) 425-4347, (405) 425-4348 or (405) 425-4319.