Mosquito-borne disease risk rises in Orange County, health officials say

Orange County, Florida – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County warns of an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the region.

DOH-Orange said several sentinel chickens from the same flock had tested positive for infection with Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. EEE is a rare but serious and often fatal infection that causes inflammation of the brain.

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Health officials have clarified that although the risk of transmission to humans has increased, flocks of chickens do not correlate with the risk of EEE infections to humans.

The agency advises residents and visitors to take certain precautions to avoid being bitten by a mosquito.

Here is a list of recommendations from the Ministry of Health:

  • Drain the standing water to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying. This includes birdbaths, garbage cans, pool covers and the like.

  • Cover the skin with clothing or a repellant, especially where mosquitoes are more likely to be present. DOH-Orange recommends using mosquito nets to protect children under 2 months of age.

  • Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children and rather adults to apply repellant to their hands and then transfer it to the skin of a child.

  • Cover doors and windows with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Make sure to fix broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

For more information, visit the agency’s dedicated website mosquito-borne disease tracking website.

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