Walton mosquito-borne illness alert lifted

Published 11/25 2015 09:46AM

Updated 11/25 2015 09:46AM

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The Department of Health in Walton County is lifting the public health alert for mosquito-borne disease, officials wrote in a news release.

The alert has been in place since July when a number of sentinel chickens and two humans were reported to have been infected with West Nile virus.

The cooler weather means there is very little mosquito activity in the area. This is an appropriate time to lift the health alert. However, in Florida there is a risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission year round.

To protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases, remember “Drain and Cover.”
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.

Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.

Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 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 to keep mosquitoes out of your house



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