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By Ryan L. Terry, Public Information Officer
September 13, 2022
TAMPA, FLA – The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) advises residents and visitors that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in northwestern Hillsborough County. Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been detected in two horses, heightening the risk of transmission to humans. Hillsborough County Mosquito Control and DOH-Hillsborough continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

DOH-Hillsborough reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.
Mosquito Bite Prevention
Using the right insect repellent and other preventive actions can discourage mosquitoes from landing on you. Follow these Drain and Cover tips to help prevent mosquito bites.
Drain water from outside areas to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed.
Download these infographics for more information: Mosquitoes- Keep Them Outside and Stop Them From Breeding and Protect Your Home From Mosquitoes.
Cover with protective clothing while outdoors and keep doors and windows closed to prevent mosquitoes from going indoors.
Download the Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida infographic.

Tips on Using Repellant
Travel Tips

Mosquitoes spread viruses and parasites that cause diseases. Before you travel to areas wherein mosquito-borne diseases are found, talk to your healthcare provider about your health concerns.

Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce, so you may want to consider planning your travels to tropical regions during the dry season when mosquitos are less prevalent. That’s not to say that there are no mosquitoes outside of the rainy season, but higher temperatures and fewer puddles in which to breed, make them considerably less active.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on the safe use of repellant.
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