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January 5, 2012

Lifting of Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory for Miami-Dade County

(Miami, January 5, 2012) - The Miami-Dade County Health Department has lifted the mosquito-borne illness advisory that was in effect for Miami-Dade County.

“We urge residents and visitors to continue to use proper precautions when taking part in outdoor activities, such as applying mosquito repellant and avoiding being outside during times of the day when mosquitoes are most active,” said Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Miami-Dade County Health Department.

There have been no human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses acquired in Miami-Dade County since September of 2011.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department encourages all residents and visitors to take appropriate measures to guard against mosquito-borne diseases:

DRAIN standing water:

• Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.

• Discarded old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.

• Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.

• Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.

• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with:

• CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.

• REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use
repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30% DEET, picaridin, oil oflemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

• Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens:

• Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows,
doors, porches, and patios.

For more information, please visit the Miami-Dade County Health Department's website at www.dadehealth.org or call 305-324-2400.


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