The Tennessee Department of Health has now confirmed 19 human cases of West Nile Virus infection and 11 cases of La Crosse Virus infection in the state so far in 2017.
Mosquito-borne illness is more common during late summer and TDH recommends taking simple steps to avoid mosquito bites and help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.
TDH urges Tennesseans to increase their efforts to avoid mosquitoes. It's also important to limit mosquito breeding sites. Individuals can eliminate potential breeding sites if they tip and toss standing water and drain and cover objects near homes or businesses that may contain or collect water.
Additionally, keeping window screens on your home or business in good condition helps to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings.
Wear long, loose and light clothing. It's best to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Light-colored clothes are less attractive to many insects and help make them easier to spot and remove.