Dallas Seniors to Receive Donated Cutter Insect Repellent

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Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) held a press conference to announce its collaboration with Cutter® Insect Repellent that will allow low-income residents and senior citizens in Dallas County to receive free insect repellent in order to help protect themselves against the West Nile Virus.

DCHHS will begin distributing 20,000 DEET-based repellent products from Cutter to low-income residents and senior citizens.

“Public education is vital in protecting the community from West Nile Virus,” said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson. “I want to thank Cutter for its donation of insect repellent to help us protect the public from West Nile Virus. It is important for the community to remain diligent about using insect repellent – especially heading into the busy Labor Day holiday weekend where many of us will be spending time outdoors.”

Dallas County has 300 West Nile Virus human cases and 12 West Nile Virus related deaths.

“We are happy to partner with Dallas County Health and Human Services to provide information and Cutter product to help those who may not have access to it during this critical time,” said John Pailthorp, Division Vice President – Marketing at United Industries.“Statistically, seniors are more likely to develop the more serious forms of the illness including encephalitis and meningitis,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Medical Director/Health Authority. “However, anyone bitten by an infected mosquito can contract West Nile Virus.”

Dr. Perkins encourages the public to minimize exposure to the insect, take personal responsibility and to take the necessary precautions by following the 4 D’s: Dress in long, loose and lightcolored clothing; use insect repellents that contain DEET; Drain any standing water; stay indoors during Dawn and Dusk hours.

“Studies show that 80 percent of the people who get the more serious forms of West Nile Virus did not use insect repellent,” said Dr. Perkins. “The only way to avoid West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites.”

To report or inquire about mosquito activity in Dallas County contact 214-819-2115. For more information about Cutter products, visit www.cutterinsectrepellent.com.