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Bugs are biting: Safety precautions for children

Biting bugs are a nuisance and sometimes can spread  illnesses like Lyme disease, Zika, or West Nile virus. To prevent bug bites, take simple precautions and learn how to choose and safely use insect repellents.

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Stat of the Week

On June 17, 76,727,248 people in the US were experiencing extreme heat, according to the National Weather Service. Higher than average temperatures, especially combined with humidity, keep the body from cooling down properly.

Even one hot day can put vulnerable people –– outdoor workers, children, people with chronic illness, and others –– at risk of heat-related illnesses. Heat waves that last several days are particularly dangerous. Do you know how to stay safe when temperatures soar?

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