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Take precautions to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health is urging all residents and visitors to follow a few safety tips to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses.

"Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent mosquito-borne disease," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong in a release. "Floridians and visitors are encouraged to take simple steps that reduce the chance of being bitten, like draining any standing water, covering skin with clothing or repellent and maintaining screens over doors and windows."

[More Info: Florida Department of Health]

[More Info: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Health officials released tips for avoiding mosquito illnesses: 

  • You should drain standing water to help stop mosquitoes multiplying. Remove all standing water around your home.
  • Always were clothing or repellent when outside. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeve shirts. If using repellent, apply to bare skin and clothing.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your home by repairing any broken screens, door, porches and patios.