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Be Bug-Proof: Protect Kids from Bug Bites

Fight the Bite PosterSpring is coming soon! As we get ready for another season of outdoor fun, it's important to remember to protect ourselves from mosquitoes and ticks that may spread the viruses or bacteria that cause serious illness such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fortunately, we can all take steps such as using an effective insect repellent on skin and clothing, wearing long sleeves and long pants (when it's not too hot), taking care of our yards to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs, and reducing brush, tall grasses, leaf litter, and harborage where ticks may like to hang out.

Fight the Bite PosterKids, there's an important role that you can play in spreading the message about protection from these bugs. CDC and the DEET Education Program are sponsoring the annual "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest, open to any child in grades 5 or 6. Create a poster showing people how to fight the bite of mosquitoes and ticks and enter it in the contest. Contest rules and an entry form are available online at

Spread the word! The contest has great prizes. Two winning artists from each state win $50. Their school also wins $50 (one 5th grader and one in 6th). Two national winners receive $1,000 plus their school wins $250! You'll have your artwork shown nationally and have a chance to help educate your community about disease prevention.

Learn more about the contest. But don't wait; entries must be submitted by April 18, 2012.

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