Department of Health confirms 1 case of West Nile virus in Collier County


The Florida Department of Health in Collier County said an individual in the county contracted West Nile virus after previously issuing an advisory about an increase in mosquito-borne illnesses in the area.

According to the press release, there are concerns that more people will fall ill. Collier Mosquito Control District and DOH-Collier will continue their surveillance and prevention efforts.

On September 14, DOH-Collier confirmed that there was an increase in the activity of mosquito-borne diseases after several groups of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus infection.

According to the DOH-Collier, residents and visitors should do their best to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and take basic precautions to help limit exposure.

Drain the standing water to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys,
    flowerpots or any other container where watering or rainwater has collected
  • Throw away old tires, barrels, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and more
    items that are not used
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and animal water bowls at least once or twice a week
  • Protect boats and vehicles from the rain with tarps that do not collect water
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and suitably chlorinated. Empty
    plastic pools when not in use

COVER skin with clothing or repellant.

  • Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. This kind of
    protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where
    mosquitoes are present
  • Repellent – Apply mosquito repellant to bare skin and clothing.
    always use repellents according to the label. DEET repellents,
    picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone and
    IR3535 are effective
  • Use a mosquito net to protect children under 2 months of age.

Tips on using the repellent

  • Always carefully read the label directions for approved use before applying any
    repulsive. Some repellents are not suitable for children
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-mtoluamide) are generally recommended. Other environmental protection in the United States
    Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, paramenthane-diol, 2-undecanone, or IR3535. These products are generally available
    in local pharmacies. Look for the active ingredients to list on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellant to exposed skin or clothing, but not under clothing.
  • To protect children, read the label directions to make sure the repellant is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
    mosquito repellent containing lemon eucalyptus oil or para-menthane-diol
    should not be used in children under three years of age. DEET is not
    recommended for children under two months
  • Avoid applying repellents to children’s hands. Adults should apply a repellant
    first in their own hands, then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothes.
  • If additional protection is needed, apply permethrin repellant directly to your
    Clothes. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions

COVER your home

  • Cover doors and windows with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
  • Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches and patios


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