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    New concerns over Eastern equine encephalitis
    By: Lara Greenberg
    Posted: Aug 07 2018 10:14PM EDT
    Video Poste: Aug 07 2018 11:10PM EDT
    Updated: Aug 07 2018 11:18PM EDT

    ORANGE CITY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - There are new concerns over eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), as two human cases have been reported in Central Florida.

    The Volusia County Health Department announced its first human case of eastern equine encephalitis in 15 years. Now, the son of another person, who fell victim to the mosquitoes causing this serious disease, is speaking only to FOX 35...

    Generous, considerate, independent. Brian Casey describes his mother as any mother would want their song to describe them...

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    DOH Columbia Press Release EEE Advisory

    By DOH Columbia Staff
    August 10, 2018

    Press Release

    Health Officials Issue Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory

    Lake City, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County (DOH-Columbia) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the county. A human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed and there is a heightened concern that additional residents could become ill.
    Columbia County Mosquito Control and (DOH-Columbia) continue surveillance and prevention efforts. DOH-Columbia reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.
    To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to “Drain and Cover”:
    DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
    • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
    • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
    • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
    • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
    • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools 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 must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
    • 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, and IR3535 are effective.
      • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

    Tips on Repellent Use
    • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
    • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
    • In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.
    • Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
    • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
    COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
    • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
    For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products:
    The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site -
    For more information, visit DOH’s website at or contact your county health department.
    About the Florida Department of Health The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit

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