DEET May be Necessary Accessory for Halloween

OCTOBER 28, 2004 - Posted at 4:30 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Warm weather and recent rains have kept mosquitoes around longer than usual in Arkansas, and it's causing a legitimate fright for Halloween, the prospect of trick-or-treaters being exposed to West Nile virus.

The Arkansas Health Department recommends taking regular precautions to prevent mosquito bites when children are out ringing doorbells.  Children should wear protective clothing.  And parents are advised to apply insect repellant to youngsters, always following directions on the label.  The Health Department says repellants containing DEET are most effective, but requires caution when being used on children.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)