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HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESS ADVISORY
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against all mosquito-borne illnesses.
Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection and the risk of transmission to humans in Sumter County has increased.
Please take the following precautions to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitos from mulitplying.
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, toys, flower pots or any other container where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not 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 do not 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 presetn.
Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET (N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide_, picaridin, oil of lem eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house
- Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios
For more information, visit the Department’s website at www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html.
FLORIDA HEALTH CLEANS UP! sweeps through Sumter CountySumter County - The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) recently announced the launch of the Florida Health Cleans Up! project in support of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) roadside litter prevention media campaign released earlier this year, “Drive it home…Keep Our Paradise Litter Free.” Across the state, The FDOH has adopted over 100 miles of roads, trails, beaches and parks to help keep them litter free.
Florida Health Cleans Up! is a venture of Healthiest Weight Florida, a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. The Department’s goal is to encourage physical activity while emphasizing how small choices affect your health and environment.
More Information about Healthiest Weight Florida and Florida Health Cleans Up! is available at www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY EDUCATES TRAVELERS ABOUT THE CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUSBushnell - The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County would like to make Sumter County residents aware of the emergency of Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) (CHIK) in the Caribbean, CHICK is an infections virus that is spread by the bite of mosquitoes. In the past few weeks, Florida has been home to a number of Chikungunya cases acquired in the Caribbean by individuals who traveled there.
If you are planning future travel to the Caribbean, the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County recommends that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes bites by:
Information on Chikungunya in the Americas may be found from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/americas.html
Further questions can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County Epidemiology Program at: 352-569-3106.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County encourages residents to prepare for Hurricane Season by Developing a Plan for Family and Pets, Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit, including medications, and Stay Informed: Follow local Alerts via TV, Radio, Internet, and Mobile Devices.
Contact your local emergency management office to learn more about special needs shelters and to pre-register visit: www.floridadisaster.org/disability/snshelterlist.html
Florida Department of Health in Sumter County urges residents:
Pertussis causes uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound.
Epidemiology: To report an immediately notifiable disease, call (352) 569-3106 during normal business hours. After hours, call (352) 569-3102.
Page last updated: 10/20/2014