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Florida Department of Health Issues Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Advisory

On June 26, 2023 the Florida Department of Health (Department) issued a statewide mosquito-borne illness advisory following four confirmed and recovered local cases of malaria in Sarasota County.

Remember to "Drain and Cover"

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater 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 and keep appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

  • COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house

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

  • COVER skin with clothing or appropriate repellent.

  • Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and 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 appropriately.

  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone, and IR3535 are effective.

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

Tips on Repellent Use

  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent.

  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.

  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Do not apply permethrin directly to skin.

  • Ensure repellent is safe for children and age appropriate:

  • Mosquito repellents containing lemon eucalyptus oil or para-menthane-diol should not be used on children under the age of three years.

  • DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.

  • Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children.

  • Parents should apply repellent to their hands first and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.

The full press release can be found here:

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