I have a message from the county regarding mosquitoes. I am passing this on to you. You may wish to print out the flyer.
Hello Residential Community Partners,
As we enter the rainy season, the Department of Health in Collier, Collier County Emergency Management and Collier Mosquito Control District would like to share ways to prevent mosquito-borne illness. Please consider the following public safety message for your residents’ newsletter or weekly bulletin.
“We are fortunate that most mosquitoes in SW Florida do not carry disease. Most are only a nuisance. However, there are a few types of mosquitoes that can carry disease, which are collectively referred to as Arboviruses. The diseases potentially carried by mosquitoes could affect you or anyone in your family, including horses and canines. The diseases include Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Dog Heartworm. The best method to prevent arbovirus transmission is to prevent mosquito bites. DRAIN standing water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers or any containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. COVER your skin with long pants and long sleeves. Apply mosquito repellent with DEET to exposed skin and use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. This “Drain and Cover” approach reduces mosquito reproduction and your personal exposure, reducing the risk of an Arbovirus. Stay safe by planning now!”
Below, I have provided a mosquito graphic you may want to incorporate in your newsletter. Please consider reproducing the attached DOH mosquito protection flyers which are in English, Spanish and Creole for your community residents. I also have mosquito posters in Eng/Span/Creole. If you would prefer a poster, let me know and I will send them to you immediately.
As always, DOH-Collier and Collier County Emergency Management are here to assist you with your community’s and residents’ preparedness efforts.
Stay safe by planning now!