DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. – Health officials are urging people to be vigilant to protect themselves from mosquitoes after at least one human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Duval County.
The Florida Department of Health issued a mosquito-borne illness warning in the county, saying there is an increased concern that additional residents could become ill.
Residents are encouraged to drain and cover.
Drain stagnant water to stop the multiplication of mosquitoes.
- Dehydrated water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, or other containers that contain water from sprinklers or rainwater.
- Dispose of old tires, barrels, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken utensils and other items that are not used.
- Empty and clean the water bowls and water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarpaulins that do not accumulate water
- Keep swimming pools in good condition and chlorinate accordingly. Empty plastic pools when not in use.
Cover Skin with clothing or repellent.
- Clothing: Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. This type of protection may be required for people working 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, picaridine, lemon eucalyptus oil, Para-Menthan diol and IR3535 are effective.
- Protect children under 2 months with mosquito nets.
- Cover doors and windows with privacy screens and fix broken windows, doors, verandas and patios.
Officials added tips on using repellent.
- Always read the instructions on the label carefully before applying a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mosquito repellents containing lemon grass oil should not be used in children under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended in children under 2 months
- Products containing up to 30% DEET 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 active ingredients listed on the product label.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing but not under clothing.
- Avoid the use of repellents in the hands of children. Adults should first apply the repellent to their own hands and then transfer it 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.
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