The Sabino Family spends a lot of time OUTDOORS.
"We're out at baseball games, or pool parties or hiking," says mother Allison.
And with the mosquitoes biting - the Centers for Disease Control is warning everyone to take precautions against West Nile Virus. Since January, about 240 people have contracted the virus, that's the highest number at this time of year since 2004. Most cases are in Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
"We are early in the season. August and September are usually the peak transmission periods so having this much activity this early and this widespread is cause for concern," says Dr. Roger Nasci.
The most common symptoms include fever, headache and body aches. But the virus can also trigger potentially deadly symptoms such as inflammation of the brain. People over 50 and those with cancer or diabetes are at greatest risk for serious illness
To keep the bugs away, experts say you should look for products that contain Deet because they are the most effective. But experts say be cautious using deet products on children.
"You want to minimize your child's exposure to the insect repellant, so once you come inside, give them a bath, wipe off all the insect repellant," says Dr. Alanna Levine.
Wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk also protects when mosquitoes are out in full force
This mom always keeps the bug spray close. "I want to make sure that I protect my children any which way I can."
She wants them to enjoy the summer and stay safe.