Media Release

Warning: Mosquito Borne Diseases

Thursday, October 14, 2010 4:30 PM

This press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) continues to detect mosquito borne diseases in the County.  “Our sentinel surveillance system continues to indicate that disease transmission is occurring,” stated Paul Myers, Assistant Director at the ACHD.  “Taking a few simple steps can drastically reduce the chances of contracting a mosquito-borne illness."

Symptoms of West Nile virus (WNV) infection and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion.  Physicians should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness. DOH laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne diseases.

The ACHD continues to advise citizens to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites by following the “5 D’s,” which include:

·         Drainage – Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. 

·         DEET – When the potential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) are recommended.  Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options. 

·         Dress – Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.

·         Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on mosquito borne illnesses, visit the ACHD website at, the DOH Web site at, the CDC Web site or contact the ACHD at 352-334-7930.

General media inquiries please contact Paul Myers at 352-334-8873.

The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve the health and safety of all citizens and visitors.



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