Okaloosa health department targets mosquito-borne illness

Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

●Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

●Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves outside.

●Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

●Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

●Cover doors and windows with screens.

Symptoms of mosquito-borne virus infection may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Physicians should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual has a mosquito-borne illness. DOH laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne disease.

DOH continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne viruses and diseases, including West Nile, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria and dengue.

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