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Volusia County, Florida – The Florida Department of Health Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) today issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory for Volusia County. Human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed, and there is growing concern that additional residents will become ill.

DOH-Volusia continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering “Drain and cover.”

DISCHARGE standing water to stop mosquitoes from breeding.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, household gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, pots or any other container where rainwater or water has collected.
  • Throw away old tires, barrels, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not in use.
  • Empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and properly chlorinated. Empty plastic basins when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.

  • Clothing – Wear shoes, socks and long pants and long sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who have to work in areas where there are mosquitoes.
  • Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
    • 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 nets to protect children under 2 months of age.

Tips for using repellents

  • Always read label directions carefully for approved use before applying repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other repellents approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthanediol, 2-undecanone, or IR3535. These products are usually available at local pharmacies. Look for the active ingredients that should be listed on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.
  • To protect children, read the label instructions to make sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane diol should not be used on children under the age of three. DEET is not recommended for children under two months of age.
  • Avoid applying repellents to children’s hands. Adults should apply repellent to their own hands first and then apply it to the child’s skin and clothing.
  • If extra protection is needed, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

COVER doors and windows with nets to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

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

For more information on which repellent to choose, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose repellent products applied to the skin.

The Florida Department of Health continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria and dengue. For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Florida Department of Health online or call the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, (386) 274-0694.

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