Mosquito-borne illness advisory issued by Clay County Health Officials



CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Clay County issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory Wednesday.

DOH says there is an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in Clay County. Many horses tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus infection, and the risk that humans can get it has increased.

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The DOH has these tips for avoiding mosquito bites: 

Drain standing water:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated, and empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

Cover skin:

  • Clothing - 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.
  • Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
    • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. 
    • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

Repellent use tips:

  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children. 
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. Other US Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label. 
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. 

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