Health officials issues mosquito-borne illnesses advisory

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The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County advises residents to take basic precaution since there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Volusia County.

Three cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in horses and several sentinel chickens have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEEV) virus. There is a heightened concern that the risk of transmission to humans has increased. Volusia County Mosquito Control and DOH-Volusia continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

The health department reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to:

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.

Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.

Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.

Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site – http://www.myfwc.com/bird/.

For more information, visit www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html.

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