What are some preventative measures I can take to prevent SLE?

You can decrease your chances of contracting St. Louis encephalitis by following some simple precautions:

  • Mosquito-proof your yard by flushing any standing water in birdbaths where mosquitoes breed, twice weekly.
  • Empty water from small wading pools and store indoors.
  • If you have an ornamental pool, you can stock the pool with mosquito fish or treat the water with a larval control product.
  • Provide fresh clean water in pet's bowls daily.
  • Remove old tires, cans, non-working appliances or containers that will hold water.
  • Repair leaky plumbing.
  • Clean out rain gutters.
  • Ensure proper screening around door and windows of your home.
  • When outside, especially during cooler temperatures at dusk, night, and at dawn, wear light-colored clothing, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. Try to avoid walking through low bushes and tall grass where there may standing water.
  • Use insect repellents during the peak feeding times. Use EPA-approved products containing DEET with approximately 30% active ingredient. Be sure to follow label instructions carefully. Do not apply directly on the skin of children under the age of five.

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1. What Is St. Louis encephalitis (SLE)?
2. What is being done in Memphis to prevent SLE?
3. What are the signs and symptoms of SLE?
4. What are the causes?
5. What are the risk factors of SLE?
6. What is the screening / diagnosis process?
7. What are some of the complications associated with SLE?
8. What are the treatment options?
9. What are some preventative measures I can take to prevent SLE?
10. Where can I find additional information about SLE?