sent at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) has detected mosquito borne diseases in the County. “Our sentinel surveillance system indicates that disease transmission is occurring,” stated Anthony Dennis, Environmental Health 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 ACHD if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness. Florida Department of Health (FDOH) 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 www.AlachuaCountyHealth.com, the FDOH Web site at www.myfloridaEH.com, the Center for Disease Control website www.cdc.gov or contact the ACHD at (352) 334-7930.
The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain, and improve the health and safety of all citizens and visitors.