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Contact: Arlease Hall | Arlease.Hall@flhealth.gov Public Information Officer |772-370-1391
St. Lucie County, FL—The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County (DOH-St. Lucie) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in northern and western areas of St. Lucie County.
Several sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased in St. Lucie County. Mosquito Control and DOH-St. Lucie continues surveillance and prevention efforts.
According to the CDC, mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal, and kills more people, than any other creature in the entire world. “Today we send this press release as a reminder, we are in hurricane season and the mosquito and tick population has become more dominant, with rain almost every day in St. Lucie. It is important that you take preventative measures for you and your family,” said Clint Sperber, Health Officer and Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County.
DOH-St. Lucie reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to “Drain and Cover”:
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
Tips on Repellent Use
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products:
The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site - http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp. For more information, visit DOH’s website at www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html or contact your county health department.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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