Florida Department of Health in Alachua County
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Mosquito Season is Upon Us

Summer is here again and with it comes the mosquito season. I would like to this opportunity to emphasize the importance of protecting ourselves against mosquito-borne diseases as we move into the rainy season and peak mosquito activity months. To humans and domestic animals, mosquitoes are a nuisance and a health hazard, capable of transmitting a variety of diseases called arbovirus. The main diseases we our concerned about in this area are EEE or West Nile virus. Most people that become ill will have mild symptoms including headache, fever, dizziness, and fatigue, but severe neurological symptoms are also possible. Although mosquito diseases can cause serious illnesses and even death in people of any age, children and those over 50 are at greatest risk for severe disease. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should contact your physician immediately. DOH laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne diseases. Remember, avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent disease.

What can you do to prevent infection?

Prevention is the key. The best way to avoid infection is to avoid getting mosquito bites. The Health Department recommends the use of the "Five D's" of prevention.

Other things which may help some are use of citronella candles or torches around outdoor activities if there is little air movement. However, the best control measures are removing the potential breeding areas of standing water.

What can you do to help?


The Mosquito that bit you last night may have hatched right in your own backyard!

What is the County Doing?

Links


Health Department Issues Mosquito - Borne Illnesses Advisory
Florida Department of Health - Mosquito-borne and Other Insect-borne Diseases







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