Anest, Thinkstock

Growing up, summertime and mosquito bites were just a natural annoyance and nothing more.  Now, there are a host of mosquito-born diseases to be wary of: West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Virus Encephalitis and Zika Virus.  You don't have to be afraid to go outside, you just have to learn how to protect yourself.

The New York State Department of Health has issued a mosquito advisory to raise awareness of these illnesses transmitted through mosquito bites and how to not only protect yourself but your pets as well.

To get more information CLICK HERE.