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Human cases confirmed by West Nile in Bay County



Mosquitoes (Atlanta)

Bay County, Florida ̵

1; Human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Bay County, according to the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.

In response, the department issued a mosquito-borne case on Monday, saying it was worried that more residents might become ill.

DOH-Bay further advises the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito repellent efforts by remembering "draining and covering".

Running stagnant water to prevent the multiplication of mosquitoes.
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pails, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or other containers that collect sprinkler or rainwater.
• Dispose of old tires, barrels, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken utensils and other items
• Empty and clean water bowls at least once a week.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with non-water-wicking tarpaulins.
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent
• Clothing – Wear shoes, socks and long pants and long sleeves. This type of protection may be required for people who need to work in areas with mosquitoes.
• Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
• Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridine, lemon eucalyptus oil, Para-Menthan diol and IR3535 are effective.
• Use a mosquito net to protect children under 2 months

Anti-Defense Tips
• Always read the label instructions carefully for approved use before applying a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
• Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other US Environmental Protection Agency approved repellents include Picaridine, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Para-Menthan Diol, or IR3535. These products are usually available in local pharmacies. Look for ingredients to be listed on the product label.
• Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.
• When protecting children, read the label on the label to make sure that the repellent ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing lemon eucalyptus oil should not be used in children under the age of three. In children under 2 months, DEET is not recommended
• Avoid the use of repellents in the hands of children. Adults should first apply the repellent to their own hands and then transfer to the child's skin and clothing.
• If additional protection is required, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Follow the manufacturer's instructions over and over again.

Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.
• Repair damaged shields on windows, doors, porches and courtyards.

More about what the repellent is for you. Consider using the Environmental Protection Agency search tool to help with the selection of skin protection products:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.

The Department continues to conduct nationwide surveillance of mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, and dengue.

Florida residents are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website – http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp. For more information, visit the DOH website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html or contact your local health authority


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