Health Officials Urge Wearing Mosquito Spray in Lowndes County

| August 13, 2014

Bug-SprayVALDOSTA, GA – A horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Lowndes County and mosquito pools have tested positive for EEE and West Nile Virus this season.

Health officials are encouraging everyone to wear mosquito spray whenever outdoors for extended periods of time. West Nile Virus and EEE can be transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito, but it is rare for a person to be infected with either illness. Officials say people are at a higher risk if you spend a lot of time outdoors or live in wooded or swampy areas.

Tips to prevent mosquito bites are:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picardin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin and/or clothing.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits.
  • Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, barrels, wading pools and other containers.
  • Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
  • Be sure to use repellent and wear protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider indoor activities during these times due to peak mosquito biting hours.

There is not a vaccine for humans to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. However, there are EEE and WNV vaccines available for horses. Consult with your veterinarian to have your horse(s) vaccinated as early as possible.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov.

Source: WALB

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