mosquito

Mosquito-borne illness risk heighten in Florida

Mosquito-borne illness risk heighten in Florida

Increased risk of human infection of a deadly mosquito borne illness has health officials advising Floridians to take precautions. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) advised July 25 there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Orange County, specifically from Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) infection. According the […]

Recent rain prompts mosquito control efforts

Recent rain prompts mosquito control efforts

Recent rains combined with warm, humid weather act as a perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes. This has prompted Santa Rosa County officials to direct residents to take precautions against these disease carrying pests. While Santa Rosa County has seen no local transmissions of Zika virus, mosquitoes can still transfer dangerous diseases including St. Louis encephalitis, […]

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Summer is peak season for mosquitoes, and more cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile and Zika virus are being reported throughout Florida. In Santa Rosa County, a human case of West Nile was reported Aug. 19 and Hurlburt Field discovered West Nile positive mosquitoes in their mosquito traps on the Sound Side. Zika […]

Human West Nile Case in Santa Rosa

Human West Nile Case in Santa Rosa

The Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of human West Nile in Santa Rosa County Friday, Aug. 19. There is risk of spread of the mosquito-born virus in the county according to a department press release, and residents are advised to drain all standing water and cover skin with clothing and mosquito repellent containing […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

TRANSGENDER PRISONER SUES FLORIDA TO GET HORMONE TREATMENTS The American Civil Liberties Union filed Reiyn Keohane’s suit Monday to force the department to continue hormone treatments she began a month before her September 2013 arrest in Fort Myers. Without the treatments, Keohane says she suffers from depression. While being held in the men’s prison, she […]

Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Following reports of 16 non-travel-related transmissions of the Zika virus in the last two weeks in Miami-Dade County Fla., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women and their partners not to travel to Miami. This is the first time in history the CDC has advised against […]

Current State of Zika

Current State of Zika

Zika virus, a viral relative of yellow fever, West Nile and dengue fever, was first classified in 1947 within rhesus monkeys in Uganda. Named after the forest in which it was first discovered, in 1952, this virus was first observed in humans.  According to a 2015 article in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases by […]

Daily Zika update

Daily Zika update

In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of Zika virus, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong will issue a Zika virus update each week day at 2 p.m. Updates will include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep […]

‘Flood’ mosquitoes have quite the bite

‘Flood’ mosquitoes have quite the bite

For weeks and weeks my husband had been complaining about his stabbing, stinging, itching mosquito bites and resultant welts. He said what made this year different was the mosquitoes were more ferocious, seemed to be much larger and were dive bombing him. At first I thought it was a just an aberration or a purposeful […]