The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has issued a notice of mosquito-borne diseases after confirming a human case of West Nile virus.
According to health officials, mosquito-borne disease cases have increased in Hillsborough as Florida is mosquito season.
Mosquito-borne disease recommendation for Hillsborough County. Mosquito-borne disease activity has increased in areas of Hillsborough County and one human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed. – https://t.co/coUjRnmR5L pic.twitter.com/Tdtgsr4CVh
– FL DOH in Hillsborough County (@DOHHillsborough) November 10, 2020
“Right now there aren’t many cases. Every time we have a human case of West Nile virus it leads to an indication of mosquito-borne disease, “said Kevin Walter, spokesman for the Hillsborough County’s Department of Health.
Walter said the next step would be to test the bird population for various mosquito-borne diseases. This will determine the increase in cases.
“It wasn’t that unusual for us here in Hillsborough County, just sporadic cases,” he said. “But now that we have this person who tested positive for the West Nile virus, we know there is always one.” Human case, there are mosquitoes that carry the virus. “
West Nile is the leading cause of mosquito-borne diseases in the country. There is no correlation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it is still important to exercise caution and limit exposure to mosquitos. They are also carriers of other diseases in the same family as the West Nile, including yellow fever and zika.
“It’s a pretty complex ecology with the West Nile,” said Dr. Thomas Unnasch from the Center for Global Health Infectious Disease Research at the University of South Florida. “The main host is birds and the virus spreads via mosquitoes, which multiply in nutrients.” rich water.
“They have a concentration of mosquitoes and birds that are concentrated in these swampy areas, which is really what makes the virus multiply.”
Unnasch emphasizes that the best way for humans to protect themselves from the virus is to stay indoors and wear protective clothing and insect repellent.
“One person is a dead end for the virus. It cannot be forwarded, ”said Unnasch.
Here’s how you can protect yourself from viruses and other related diseases:
Hillsborough Department of Health is reminding residents of Drain and Cover
Drain refers to:
- Drain water from containers that contain rain or sprinkler water
- Dispose of old devices
- Purify pet water
- Protect vehicles from rain
- Maintenance of swimming pools
All of these measures prevent mosquitoes from accumulating in these places.
Cover refers to:
- Wear clothing that will protect you from mosquito bites, such as long sleeves, socks, and tight-fitting shoes
- Use of mosquito repellants, especially with DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-methanediol, 2-undecanone and IR3535. Be sure to read the labels for use. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency for more information on personal repellants
- Cover doors and windows with screens
- Repair broken shields
For more information on mosquito-borne diseases and the West Nile Virus, visit the Florida Department of Health website.