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Summer is the perfect time to get away and enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, picnics, or heading to a favorite beach are popular ways to enjoy the warmer weather. Unfortunately, excessive heat, insect bites, sunburn and injuries can quickly put a damper on summer fun. The following tips can help you and your family have a safer summer.

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Protect Yourself

EEE and West Nile Virus
EEE and West Nile Virus are caused by infected mosquitoes. Protect yourself by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when mosquitoes are biting, and eliminate standing water.

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is transmitted to people when they are bitten by an infected tick. Protect yourself by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks if your activity is in or around wooded and grassy areas. Always check for ticks on skin or clothing after being outdoors.

Rabies is transmitted to humans by an infected animal. Do not touch, feed, pick up, or adopt wildlife or stray dogs or cats, even if they seem healthy or friendly. If you see an animal acting strangely, is behaving erratically, or seems disoriented or aggressive call your animal control officer or park service. There have been a number of cases where people have friended wild animals that then turn out to be rabid.

Sun Exposure
Tips to avoid sun-related illnesses and keep skin healthy. The best prevention for heat-related illnesses is to avoid direct sun during peak hours and use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Also see Heat exhaustion Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Summer Food

Food Safety and Nutrition

Due to a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, foodborne illness increases in summer. Stay healthy and safe during warmer months by following food safety recommendations from

Handy Awareness and Safety Flyers

The Division of Public Health Services provides Fact Sheets on topics important to understand in the Summertime:

Hand Washing is the single best prevention against illnesses

Summer Fun

Physical Activity

Visit Nutrition & Physical Activity to learn about the importance of diet and physical activity.


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