Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County’s early warning system for mosquito-borne diseases, the sentinel chickens, have detected West Nile Virus in the western communities. Earlier confirmations have prompted the department to warn all residents to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
“We are constantly monitoring for mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and St. Louis Encephalitis. We haven’t had a confirmed human case of West Nile Virus since 2011,” Health Director Dr. Alina Alonso said. “With these continued confirmations from the state lab of the presence of West Nile Virus, it is a good reminder for all to take the necessary preventive measures.”
To protect against mosquito bites, people are advised to drain any standing water from around the home or business, as mosquitoes leave their eggs in the smallest water reservoir. Make sure windows and doors are screened properly and in good condition, and use air conditioning. When outside, use an insect repellent that contains DEET or Picardin, wear lightweight long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks, especially at dusk and dawn.
More information can be found at www.flhealthpalmbeach.org.