Health Officials Issue Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory
Monday, July 29, 2019
Posted by: Elissa Rodrigues
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Orange County.
Several sentinel chickens in the same flock have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased. DOH-Orange and mosquito control agencies will continue surveillance and prevention efforts.
DOH-Orange 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 and Cover”:
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
Tips on Repellent Use
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products:
The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site: http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp. For more information, visit DOH’s website at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html or contact your county health department.