HEALTH ALERT: Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Santa Rosa County

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 07:50 PM CDT
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Milton, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa
County has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory after receiving a report of
a case of West Nile Virus in a Santa Rosa County resident.  It is believed the virus was acquired
locally, since the individual had not traveled out of the county recently.  Mosquito control has been notified and has
sprayed the area.  There are no other
cases at this time.



Residents and visitors are reminded to take precautions to
avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that may carry diseases such as West Nile
Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and Dengue
Fever.  To protect yourself from
mosquitoes, it is important to remember to “Drain and Cover”.



 



DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.



·        
Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters,
buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where
sprinkler or rain water has collected.



·        
Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots
and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not being used.



·        
Empty and clean pets’ water bowls daily and bird
baths at least once 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.



 



 



COVER skin with clothing or repellent.



·        
CLOTHING- Wear shoes, socks, 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.



Tips on Repellent Use



·        
Always read label directions carefully for the
approved usage before you apply repellent. 
Some repellents are not suitable for children.



·        
Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent
DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended.  Other US Environmental Protection Agency-
approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.  These products are generally available at
local pharmacies.  Look for active
ingredients to be listed on the product label.



·        
Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or onto
clothing. Do not apply under clothing.



·        
In protecting children, read label instructions
to be sure the repellent is age appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito
repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children
under the age of three years.   DEET is
not recommended on children younger than two months old.



·        
Avoid applying repellents to the hands of
children.  Adults should apply repellent
first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.



·        
If additional protection is necessary, apply a
permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. 
Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.



·        
Repair broken screening on windows, doors,
porches, and patios.



·        
To determine which repellent is right for you,
consider using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool for
skin-applied repellent products: 
http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.



For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health
in Santa Rosa County at http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdSantaRosa/index.htm or http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html.



HEALTH ALERT: Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Santa Rosa County
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