Posted on July 22, 2016
Mosquito Bite Protection and Zika Virus Updates
The Town of Davie and the Florida Department of Health is working to protect, promote, and improve the health of all residents and visitors.
Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile infection. As such, residents and visitors are reminded that the best way to protect themselves from the Zika virus and other related mosquito-borne illnesses is through practicing good drainage and cover methods:
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying:
- 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 pets’ 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.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent:
- Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
- Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
- Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
- EPA-approved repellent is safe for pregnant women to use.
- Netting - Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house:
- Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios. The Florida Department of Health continues to issue daily updates each week day at 2 p.m. Updates include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep Floridians prepared.
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