Information provided by the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County
The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) today, Tues., Oct. 11, advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Santa Rosa County. A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed and there is a heightened concern additional residents will become ill.
Santa Rosa County Mosquito Control and DOH-Santa Rosa continue surveillance and prevention efforts. Santa Rosa County residents may find more information about mosquito control within the county at www.santarosa.fl.gov/356/Mosquito-Control.
DOH-Santa Rosa 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.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Tips on Repellent Use
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 health 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. For more information click on Mosquito-Borne and Other Insect-Borne Diseases or Drain and Cover.
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