[Iraq]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[SUPER=219-Kimberly McBroom/kmcbroom*wdbj7.com;]


The U-S military now has its forces in all parts of Iraq, and more troops are on their way.
"The Washington Post" is reporting that U-S military planners are re- thinking what it's going to take to complete their mission.
Meanwhile, another missile fired at Kuwait from southern Iraq has been shot down by a Patriot missile.
The shoot-down touched off loud thudding sounds in Kuwait City, possibly from the missiles colliding.
Officials say no damage is reported in any residential areas.
Drew Levinson is in Kuwait City, and joins us now with the latest.
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[SUPER=203-Near Najaf, Iraq;]
[SUPER=203-Near Nasiriyah, Iraq;]
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[LIVE=NEWSPATH/FULL]
[SUPER=205-Kuwait City, Kuwait;]
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IN AND AROUND NAJAF TANKS POUND THE ENEMY WITH ARTILERY. BUT THE WEAPONS OF WAR CAN TURN AGAINST YOU... THIS CREW HAD A MISFIRE... THAT LED TO THE ENTIRE TANK GOING UP IN FLAMES.

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THE SOLDIERS OF THE 3RD INFANTRY HAVE SEEN MAJOR BATTLES IN THE LAST FEW DAYS. FIGHTING THAT HAS KILLED MORE THAN 1-THOUSAND IRAQIS.
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THIS GROUP RUNNING PAST NAJAF IS FLANKED BY MORE SOLDIERS ON THE LEFT AND MARINES ON THE RIGHT.... FIGHTING THEIR WAY PAST NASIRIYAH.
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IN THAT CITY FIRE FIGHTS HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND INTO THE DAY. MARINES AREN'T TRYING TO GET INTO THE TOWN.... THEY'RE TRYING TO GET AROUND IT. AND IT'S STOP AND GO WITH IRAQI TROOPS CONSTANTLY SHOOTING FROM HIDDEN POSITIONS AND USING GUERILLA TACTICS.

20:57 (SOT-?

"there actually marching women and children around the areas where they're shooting at use" :05

(map) IN THE KURDISH CONTROLLED AREA OF IRAQ THE ALLIED FORCE'S NORTHERN

FRONT IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE.
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ABOUT ONE THOUSAND PARATROOPERS WERE DROPPED IN AT NIGHT. THE AIRBORNE DIVISION SET UP SECURITY AT AN AIRFIELD THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE USED TO BRING IN SOLDIERS FOR THE PUSH INTO BAGHDAD.
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[Bush-Blair]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The war in Iraq appears far from over, but that's not stopping President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair from planning ahead.
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[VO-NAT]

After a private meeting last night at Camp David, the two leaders will meet again today to talk about the progress of the war, and its aftermath.
In particular, who will RUN the post- war Iraq-- the U-S and Britain or the United Nations.
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((TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: IT'S IMPORTANT THAT ANY POST-CONFLICT IRAQI ADMINISTRATION HAS THE BROADEST POSSIBLE SUPPORT AND THAT'S WHY THE UNITED NATIONS ROLE IS IMPORTANT AND I'M SURE IT WILL BE IMPORTANT. ))
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[OUT Q=will be important. (DOUBLE OUT!!!!)]
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[VO-NAT]


While appearing before Congress, Secretary of State Colin Powell defended a role for the U-N as necessary to getting other nations to contribute to Iraq's reconstruction.
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[11-Giles-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-08 TC43:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities in Giles County have discovered the body of a missing fisherman.
A railway engineer found the body of 36- year- old Ty Hodges yesterday afternoon about a mile upriver from the bridge near the Celanese Plant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./March 8]


Hodges and his friend, 50- year- old John Wagner of Roanoke were reported missing earlier this month.
They were last seen March Seventh.
Their capsized boat was found the next day.
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[VOB-Abbott-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net K]
[GRAPHIC=Bus Accident]

It's a school field trip a group of area sixth graders won't forget anytime soon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Yesterday;]

About 20 students at Ben Franklin Middle School in Rocky Mount were involved in an accident on their way to a science museum in North Carolina.
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]

The students were traveling to the Discovery Place for a day of fun when one of the charter busses transporting the kids rear-ended a tractor trailer near Charlotte. Some nine hours later, the students arrived back home where they were reunited with their anxious parents.
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[SUPER=01-Tina Myers/Parent; :00]

((TINA MYERS/PARENT: I WAS REALLY REALLY WORRIED AT FIRST BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE SAY THERE'S BEEN AN ACCIDENT AND YOU WONDER HOW BAD ITS BEEN BUT SHE SAID SHE WAS OK AND THAT MY DAUGHTER WANTED TO TALK TO ME. ))
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[OUT Q= TALK TO ME.]
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[VO-NAT]

The injured students mostly suffered scrapes and bruises and were treated at a North Carolina hospital before heading back home. Meanwhile, students on the other two busses continued on to Charlotte.
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[11Estate-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=02-53 TC1:58:44]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Republican backed bill to get rid of the estate tax may die with Governor Mark Warner's veto. The tax is for family owned farms or businesses worth one million dollars or more. They pay when the assets are passed onto the next generation.
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[SUPER=03-Chilhowie;]

Andy Overbay's family dealt with the tax when his parents wanted to pass down the family farm. He says they were right on the edge where they would have to pay a huge sum in taxes or nothing. His parents decided to reduce their assets to avoid the burden. Overbay says it was like they were penalized for being successful.
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((ANDY OVERBAY/FARM OWNER; WE HAD A LOT OF ASSETS BUT YOU KNOW THE OLD SAYING THAT FARMERS LIVE POOR AND DIE RICH IS VERY TRUE I MEAN MY WIFE AND I WERE LIVING ON 10-THOUSAND-4-HUNDERD DOLLARS A YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Overbay/Farm Owner;]
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[OUT Q=DOLLARS A YEAR.]
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[VO-NAT]

Governor Warner says we need to protect farmers and small businesses but that given the budget shortfall, this is not the right time. Those who want to get rid of the tax say it's hurting small businesses and putting family farms out of business. The Governor believes he has enough Democratic support to sustain his veto.
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[6-Wal-Mart]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, Governor Mark Warner is touting the biggest economic development announcement of his administration.
Wal-Mart's bringing one thousand jobs and a distribution center to Mount Crawford in Rockingham County.
Construction's expected to begin next summer.
Wal-Mart already employs more than 31-thousand people in Virginia.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


War worries continue to impact stocks.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
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[OUT Q=in New York.]

((STOCKS DRIFTED LOWER IN LIGHT TRADING AS INVESTORS CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE WAR WITH IRAQ.

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THE DOW FELL BACK 50 POINTS.

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NASDAQ SLIPPED 3 AND A HALF.

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Crude oil rallied as the war with Iraq enters its second week.. That raised raising concern that the war may keep Iraq's oil off the world market longer than the few weeks that had been expected.

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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE AIRLINE STOCKS...LAMAKERS ARE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING A 3-BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT PACKAGE FOR THE TROUBLED AIRLINE INDUSTRY. THE CARRIERS WERE LOOKING FOR 9 BILLION DOLLARS.

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ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: Tyson Foods. was acquitted of plotting to smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. to work at poultry-processing plants. The verdict spares Tyson from penalties that might have exceeded $100 million.

(gr)

HealthSouth Chief Financial Officer William Owens pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he falsified company accounts. The government continues to build its case against the embattled health services company.

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44 year old Owens was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud and with falsely certifying financial information with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ...

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AT THE NASDAQ I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))




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[STOCKS] [COMM]


[11Homeland-security]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-02 TC1:32:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The state is better prepared for possible terrorist attacks as a result of legislation that has been signed into law.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The bills create a database of medical workers and allow trained personnel who are NOT doctors to administer medications in a disaster.
The new law also protects from liability those providing medical care during a health emergency.
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[IN Q=IF WE'VE GOT AN EMERGENCY]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: IF WE'VE GOT AN EMERGENCY TAKING PLACE, WE NEED ALL OF THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL POSSIBLE OUT THERE, DOING THE RIGHT THING PROVIDING IMMEDIATE SERVICE. IT WOULD BE A CATASTROPHE AND THEY OUGHT TO NOT HAVE TO FEAR ABOUT FUTURE LAWSUITS COMING OUT OF IT.))
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday, Governor Warner also signed an executive order to make up the salary difference for state workers called to active duty.
About 200 state employees serve in the National Guard.
The governor says he hopes it will encourage private sector employers to do the same.
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[11Civic-Center]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=03-04 TC51:37]
[GRAPHIC=Alcohol Sales]


Despite strong opposition, The Roanoke Civic Center will be able to sell alcohol at more of its events.
Yesterday, a state hearing officer issued a decision granting the city a new ABC license.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The civic center currently sells beer at professional sporting events, and officials argued that alcohol sales at concerts and other events would make the facility more attractive to patrons and promoters.
Opponents criticized the civic center's track record, and its ability to control alcohol sales in the future.
The hearing officer concluded that the objections were not substantiated.
He said that civic center management and staff have developed reasonable procedures to ensure that alcoholic beverages will be available in a controlled environment.
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[Masters-Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The woman who's been protesting the Masters golf tournament now says the event should be cancelled because of the war in Iraq.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-New York, NY;]


Martha Burke, Head of the National Council of Women's Organizations, held her protest on the steps of New York's city hall yesterday.
She says the tournament should NOT be held out of respect for the women serving in the war.
Burke has led a movement against the Masters because the Augusta National Golf club has a male- only membership policy.
The Masters tournament is scheduled for next month.
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(Kimberly tosses to bump)


[bump-chyron]

[comm #3]




[11-Patrick-Hospital]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=03-10 TC24:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A local hospital is out of bankruptcy, but its attorney says it will only be for a short time.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Patrick Co./File Tape;]

R-J Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital filed for Chapter 11 protection in 19-99 with tremendous losses and debts. Today in a Danville Bankruptcy Court, a judge entered a final decree to release them from the re-organization plan. But the hospital's attorney says they will file different Chapter 11 paperwork along with a motion to sell the facility in the near future. Earlier this year, the company AgeMark signed a letter of intent to purchase the ailing hospital. The hospital's attorney says bankruptcy protection helps the purchases of assets by being free and clear.
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[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, Stocks closed lower yesterday. And, Sears may be getting out of the credit card business. Stan Case has more on those stories in today's business brief.
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((A RUMOR ON WALL STREET THAT THE NATIONAL TERROR THREAT LEVEL WOULD BE RAISED TO "RED" LEFT TRADERS WITH UNCERTAINTY WEDNESDAY. THE RUMOR DIED, BUT STOCKS COULDN'T FULLY RECOVER. THE DOW LOST 50 POINTS ON THE DAY. THE NASDAQ SHED THREE-AND-A-HALF. NEWS THAT SEARS IS CONSIDERING UNLOADING ITS TROUBLED CREDIT-CARD UNIT SENT SHARES SOARING EVEN BEFORE THE OPENING ON WALL STREET. THE DEPARTMENT STORE CHAIN SAID IT'S PUTTING SEARS CREDIT & FINANCIAL PRODUCTS ON THE BLOCK BECAUSE IT'S STEADILY RISING DELINQUENCIES AND CHARGE-OFFS ARE HURTING THE VALUATION OF THE COMPANY'S STOCK. SHARES WERE UP 13 PERCENT. THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAID DURABLE GOODS ORDERS FOR FEBRUARY DECLINED BY ONE-POINT-TWO PERCENT IN FEBRUARY. THE DROP WAS NOT AS PRONOUNCED AS HAD BEEN EXPECTED, BUT THAT GOOD NEWS WAS OFFSET BY A DOWNWARD REVISION TO THE JANUARY FIGURE. THE TWO-MONTH TREND IS SAID TO INDICATE EXTREMELY SLUGGISH ACTIVITY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. A BANKRUPTCY COURT JUDGE APPROVED A SETTLEMENT BY KMART OVER HOW MUCH THE COMPANY SHOULD PAY ITS FORMER GROCERY SUPPLIER FOR BREAKING THEIR FOUR-AND-A-HALF BILLION DOLLAR DEAL. KMART'S LEAD ATTORNEY SAID THE AGREEMENT CLEARED A MAJOR HURDLE IN KMART'S PLAN TO GET OUT OF BANKRUPTCY BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH. WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF I'M STAN CASE.))





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[11Abbott-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=03-11]
[GRAPHIC=Bus Accident]

A school field trip to North Carolina yesterday was anything but routine for a group of Franklin County students. Teresa Hamilton has more on the trip that caused anxious moments for both students and parents.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Laura Wray/Student; :18 quick]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :24]
[SUPER=01-Mark Wray/Parent; :36]
[SUPER=01-Tina Myers/Parent; :59]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:07]
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7, Rocky Mount.]

(( School field trips are supposed to be an adventure-- especially one to a large scale science museum such as the Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. But as these sixth graders at Ben Franklin Middle school in Rocky Mount discovered-- not everything goes as planned.
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((LAURA WRAY/STUDENT: I WAS LISTENING TO MY CD PLAYER AND THEN WE WAS SLOWING DOWN AND THEN BOOM.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q= THEN BOOM.]

That boom was caused when the charter bus Laura Wray was riding in-- rear ended a tractor trailer on Interstate 85 just outside of Charlotte. Much to the relief of her father-- Laura only suffered a bumped knee.
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(( MARK WRAY: THE MEDICAL CENTER CALLED ABOUT 12:30... AND LET THEM TALK TO MY CHILD AND ALL WERE GOOD ABOUT AS FAR AS LETTING ME KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. )) [runs09]
[out q= was going on.]

Tina Myers received a similar call about her daughter Alexandra-- who suffered a sprained left knee.
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((TINA MYERS/PARENT: I WAS REALLY REALLY WORRIED AT FIRST BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE SAY THERE'S BEEN AN ACCIDENT AND YOU WONDER HOW BAD ITS BEEN BUT SHE SAID SHE WAS OK AND THAT MY DAUGHTER WANTED TO TALK TO ME. )) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q= TALK TO ME.]

The bus involved in the accident was one of three charter busses transporting the students. In all-- about 20 kids were treated for minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises. And, while the students involved in the crash never made it to the museum, at least one tried to put a positive spin on the experience.
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((I WAS KIND OF FUN, WE GOT TO GO INTO THE THEATER AT THE HOSPITAL AND EVERYBODY WAS REALLY NICE.)) [runs05]
[outq= was really nice. ]

Although, not as nice as being back home safe and sound. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Rocky Mount. ))


[6-West-Nile]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=03-01 TC1:21:16]
[GRAPHIC=West nile Virus]


Warmer temperatures and the change in seasons make a good breeding ground for this summer's mosquitoes.
That means a possible return of the West Nile virus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Last year, dozens of birds and mosquito pools tested positive for the virus. And there was a human case in Roanoke County.
That's why health officials say it's important to protect yourself.
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[IN Q=You get it basically from a bite it's not transfered]

((KATHY HIGHFILL: YOU GET IT BASICALLY FROM A BITE. IT'S NOT TRANSFERRED PEOPLE TO PEOPLE. SO YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT MOSQUITOS. YOU WANT TO PREVENT ANY TYPE OF MOSQUITO HABITAT BREEDING. THAT'S BASICALLY ANYTHING AS SIMPLE AS A FLOWER POT WITH STANDING WATER))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Highfill/Environmental Health Specialist]
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[VO-NAT]


Only one out of a hundred people bitten by an infected mosquito will contract the virus.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]

To protect yourself experts say it's important to wear insect repellent and long, loose, light-colored clothing.