Fernandina Beach, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Nassau County (DOHNassau) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Nassau County.
Several chickens have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis Virus (EEEV) infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased. Amelia Island Mosquito Control District and DOH-Nassau continue surveillance and prevention efforts.
DOH-Nassau 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: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.
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 www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-bornediseases/index.html or contact your county health department.
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The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
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