Health department: Increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is advising residents that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the county.

Health officials said one case of Eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed.

The person contracted the infection before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, officials said. The city of Jacksonville Mosquito Control Division and DOH-Duval are conducting aggressive mosquito abatement and surveillance.

The Health Department is reminding everyone to drain standing water and cover skin with clothing and repellent.

“EEE is spread by many vectors, but most often by the Culiseta melanura species of mosquito; which is not the same type of mosquito known to spread Zika,” the Florida Department of Health in Duval County said. “This type of mosquito typically lives in marshes or swamps and does not tend to breed in containers. For this type of mosquito, well-fitting window and door screens and wearing mosquito repellent are key. Residents are reminded to wear repellent while cleaning up debris from Hurricane Irma and while out near marshy or swamp-like areas.”

For more information on what repellent is right for you, health officials said to consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help choose skin-applied repellent products.

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