Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County

Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County

Authorities in Holyoke and Chicopee have announced that West Nile Virus has been discovered in their cities.

A man in the Scotts Bluff County Health Department jurisdiction tested positive for West Nile virus according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

On July 18, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health collected two samples of mosquitos from the southeast corner of town.

The Department of Health is now taking steps to treat those infected areas, by use of fogging trucks. This type of pesticide is similar to ones used for flea and tick control. People over age 50 and diabetics are at risk for the more severe forms of the disease.

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No precautions are needed the day after the application as all residues will have evaporated.

Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Use a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin.

Since mosquitoes tend to most active at dawn and dusk, residents can also protect themselves by using a bug spray with DEET and wear long trousers and shirts to minimize exposure.

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Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water.

Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently (every 2-3 days).

The City's Public Works Department treats almost two dozen bodies of stagnant water on public property each month utilizing Larvicide tablets.

Fix broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

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Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitos out of your house.

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