Health officials issue mosquito-borne illnesses advisory for Suwannee County

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SUWANNEE CO., Fla. (WCJB)-- According to the Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County, there has been an increase of mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of the county.

Two horses tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) infection between US 90 to the north; CR 252 to the south; SR 49 to the west; and the county line to the east. The risk of transmission to humans has increased. The health department will continue surveillance.

The health department would like to remind residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.

· 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 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 and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

· Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long sleeves. Especially for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

· Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.

· Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
Some repellents are not suitable for children.