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Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County lifts mosquito-borne illness advisory

10:33 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The mosquito-borne illness advisory that was issued in May 2012 by the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County has been lifted.

The advisory was issued when several sentinel chickens in the area tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

Though the advisory is being lifted due to colder weather and less mosquito activity, the Department of Health said in a release that there is still a risk for mosquito-borne illnesses. Here are tips to prevent mosquitoes from breeding:

Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying:

  • 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 pets' 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.

Cover skin with clothing or repellent:

Clothing: 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.

Repellent: 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:

Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

The DOH monitors the state for such mosquito-borne illnesses, including WNV, dengue, malaria. For more information, click here or call the St. Johns County Health Department at (904) 825-5055.

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