Tag Archives: West nile

Preventing insect borne disease

As the summer season is on full swing so are the outdoor mosquitos. Protect yourself from mosquito and other insect borne illnesses such as West nile, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) and more by using DEET containing insect repellant on skin and Permethrin on clothing.

  • DEET containing agents have the greatest efficacy against mosquitos.
  • Permethrin when used on clothing before wearing will dry without odor or residue. It is toxic to most insects and is good for 3–4 clothing wash cycles.


  1. CDC guide to preventing mosquito bites
  2. Illinois dept of public health, West Nile Page

Isolation guidelines

A page for Isolation guidelines is now available under Departments >> Infection Control >> Isolation guidelines.

West Nile lecture

This is a recording of the recent lecture that I gave on West Nile virus in July of 2012.