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Precautionary measures to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses
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Precautionary measures to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses

Pasco County, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County emphasizes the importance of Pasco's residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases after notification of a horse testing positive for eastern equine encephalitis in central Pasco County.

"We continue to coordinate with Mosquito Control to increase spraying in the affected area." Said Mike Napier, County Health Officer.  "With all the recent rains residents are reminded to contribute to the effort by taking steps to prevent illness that comes from mosquitos."

To prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected
  • Discarded 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 an appropriately chlorinated and empty plastic swimming pools when not in use
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves when outside
  • Use mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younder than 2 months old

Symptoms of illness caused by mosquitoes may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Physicians should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness. DOH laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne disease.

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