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Volusia County, Fl. – The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) today issued a mosquito-borne disease alert for Volusia County. Human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed and there is increased concern that more residents will become ill.

DOH-Volusia continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito control efforts by remembering: “Drain and cover.”

DRAIN stagnant water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • drain Water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, or other containers that have collected sprinkler or rainwater.
  • discard old tires, barrels, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not in use.
  • Empty and clean Bird baths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • To protect Boats and vehicles from rain with tarpaulins that do not collect water.
  • Care for Swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Drain plastic swimming pools when not in use.
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  • dress – Wear shoes, socks and long pants and long sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who need to work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • dismissive – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
    • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane diol, 2-undecanone and IR3535 are effective.
    • Use a mosquito net to protect children under 2 months.

Tips on using repellents

  • Always carefully read the label directions for approved use before applying any repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • In general, products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents include picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane diol, 2-undecanone, or IR3535. These products are usually available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to list on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or on top of clothing, but not under clothing.
  • When protecting children, read the label directions to ensure the repellent is age appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents that contain lemon eucalyptus oil or para-menthanediol should not be used on children under the age of three. DEET is not recommended for children under two months old.
  • Avoid putting repellents on children’s hands. Adults should apply the repellent to their own hands first, and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
  • If extra protection is needed, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
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HOME PAGE Doors and windows with bars to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

  • Repair broken shields on windows, doors, porches and patios.

For more information on which repellent to choose, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose repellent products for application to the skin.

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The Florida Department of Health continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria and dengue fever. For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Florida Department of Health online or call the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at (386) 274-0694.

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