HCHD Director discusses mosquitoes

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 04:49 PM.

“It also helps that mosquitoes don’t like to travel,” said Davis. “Mosquitoes will only travel up to one mile from the area they were born.”

He said the one illness to truly be wary of is the West Nile Virus because it is more commonly found in our area.

“In humans, symptoms typically begin three to 14 days after being bitten and can cause serious illnesses in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems,” said Davis. “It should be taken seriously because it still has a three to 15 percent mortality rate.”

He explained there were 69 cases of the West Nile Virus and was concentrated in the Panhandle Area of Florida.

An odd occurrence, said Davis, was the reappearance of the Dengue Virus that resurfaced in 2010 after being absent in the United States for some time.

“The virus seemed to isolate itself in southern Florida,” he said. “There was one confirmed case in Okaloosa County, though they were able to confirm later that they contracted the virus from visiting somewhere else.”

The objective of the Holmes County Health Department, he said, is to “minimizing the number of human illnesses and deaths due to mosquito-borne illnesses.”

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