HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUING MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE WARNING ~ ANOTHER HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTION CONFIRMED~

HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUING MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE WARNING ~ ANOTHER HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS INFECTION CONFIRMED~

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Volusia County, Fl. – The Florida Department of Health Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) today issued a mosquito-borne disease warning for Volusia County. Human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed and there is strong concern that additional residents will become ill.

DOH-Volusia continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts, reminding that “Drain and cover.”

CHANNEL standing water to stop mosquito breeding.

  • Channel water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, pots or other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Reject old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other unused items.
  • Empty and clean bird bath and pet water bowl at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from the rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • They maintain swimming pools in good condition and properly chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.

  • clothing items – 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.
  • Obnoxious – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
    • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, paramenthanediol, 2-undecanone and IR3535 are effective.
    • Use mosquito nets to protect children younger than 2 months.

Tips for repellent use

  • Always read label directions carefully for approved use before applying a repellent. Some repellants are not suitable for children.
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other repellents approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthanediol, 2-undecanone, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for the active ingredients that must be listed on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.
  • To protect 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 oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramethanediol should not be used on children under the age of three. DEET is not recommended for children younger than two months.
  • Avoid applying repellents to children’s hands. Adults should apply repellent to their hands first and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
  • If additional protection is needed, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

COVER screened doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

  • Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches and patios.

For more information on which repellent to choose, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellents.

The Florida Department of Health continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis, of malaria and dengue fever. For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Florida Department of Health online or call the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, (386) 274-0694.

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