Due to the heavy rainfall and isolated flooding throughout the state this summer, the Florida Department of Health emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases.


TALLAHASSEE ó Due to the heavy rainfall and isolated flooding throughout the state this summer, the Florida Department of Health emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases. To prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business, individuals should remember to drain and cover.



DRAIN standing water:



* Drain water from garbage cans, 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 aren't being used.



* Empty and clean birdbaths and petsí water bowls at least once or twice a week.



* Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that donít accumulate water.



* Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.



COVER your skin with:



* Clothing - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.



* Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective.



* Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.



COVER doors and windows with screens:



* Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.



Symptoms of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. For information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit our Environmental Health website http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/info_links_general.htm or call your local county health department.



Read Healthy Florida Summer Series: Winning the Battle Against Mosquitoes This Summer- Five Simple Tips.



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