There has been increased mosquito-borne disease activity and The risk of transmission to humans has increased.
A human case of West Nile Virus illness has been reported in Jackson County. Additionally, a horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis on Sellers Rd. between Malone and Campbellton.
The Health Department in Marianna Friday is stressing that the risk of possible transmission has increased and residents and visitors should take precautionary measures to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause encephalitis disease.
The Jackson County Health Department continues surveillance and prevention efforts and encourages everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the Department of Health recommendations.
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember, “Drain and Cover”.
State Health Depatment offices in all 67 of Florida’s counties are conducting statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the web site for Surveillance of Wild-bird Die-offs located at http://www.myfwc.com/bird/.
For more information, visit DOH’s Environmental Public Health web site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/index.html or call the Jackson County Health Department at 850.526.2412.