Washington and Holmes Counties under Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory


This is to advise that there has been increased mosquito-borne disease activity in area of Washington and Holmes Counties. A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed.

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Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 09:02 PM.

The patient states that though she normally spends much of her time indoors, she recently spent two day hunting in Washington County and was bitten many times by mosquitoes.  The risk of transmission to other humans and animals has increased.

The Washington and Holmes County Health Departments remind residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause encephalitis disease.  The health departments continue surveillance and prevention efforts and encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the department of health recommendations.

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water 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 pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.

Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

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

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