HEALTH AUTHORITIES WARNING OF THE PROBLEM OF Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases ~ADDITIONAL HUMAN CASE CONFIRMED OF WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTION~
Wendi Jackson, Public Information Specialist
Volusia County, Fl. – The Florida Department of Health (DOH-Volusia) in Volusia County issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Volusia County today. Human cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed and there is growing concern that additional residents will become ill.
DOH-Volusia, ring, “Drain and Cover.”
DISCHARGE stagnant water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
- Discharge water from trash cans, household gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, or other containers from which sprinkler or rainwater is collected.
- to throw old tires, cans, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken tools and other unused items.
- Empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- To protect Boats and vehicles from the rain with non-water-accumulating tarp.
- To continue Swimming pools are in good condition and properly chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
ENCASE skin with clothing or repellent.
- Clothes – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who need to work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
- repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
- Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone and IR3535 are effective.
- Use mosquito nets to protect children under 2 months old.
Tips on Using Repellent
- Before applying a repellent, always carefully read the label directions for approved use. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
- Products with a concentration of up to 30 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone, or IR3535. These products are usually available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.
- When protecting children, read label directions to make sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing lemon eucalyptus oil or para-menthane-diol should not be used in children under the age of three. DEET is not recommended for children under two months of age.
- Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands. Adults should first apply the repellent on their own hands, then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothes.
- If additional protection is needed, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
ENCASE screened doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Repair broken curtains on windows, doors, patios and patios.
For more information on which repellent to choose, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose repellent products that apply to the skin.
Florida Department of Health, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases, including Malaria and Dengue fever. For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Florida Department of Health online or call the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, (386) 274-0694.