The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) encourages all residents and guests to take precautions towards mosquito-borne diseases and forestall mosquito bites. Last week, an emu saved as a pet in Flagler County examined constructive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, a mosquito-borne alphavirus, first acknowledged in people in 1938. This virus cycles between Culiseta melanura mosquitoes and birds in freshwater swampy areas.
Given that there are not any human vaccines or preventative medication for EEE, the very best safety towards an infection is to keep away from getting bit by mosquitos. DOH-Flagler will proceed surveillance, together with testing people who’ve been involved with the emu, in addition to different animals. As a precaution, individuals who personal livestock in western Flagler County, significantly these with horses, emus, ostriches, llamas or alpacas, ought to converse with their veterinarian about EEE vaccination.
To shield towards mosquito bites, it’s essential to recollect the fundamentals: “Drain and Cover”:
– Drain water from rubbish cans, home gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or another containers the place sprinkler or rain water has collected.
– Discard outdated tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, damaged home equipment and different gadgets that aren’t getting used.
– Empty and clear birdbaths and pet water bowls at the least a couple of times every week.
– Protect boats and automobiles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
– Maintain swimming swimming pools in good situation and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming swimming pools when not in use.
– Clothing – Wear footwear, socks, and lengthy pants and long-sleeves. This kind of safety could also be vital for individuals who should work in areas the place mosquitoes are current.
– Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to reveal pores and skin and clothes.
– Always use repellents in line with the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, para menthane diol, and IR3535 are efficient.
– Use mosquito netting to guard kids youthful than 2 months outdated.