mosquitoes

Recent rain means higher mosquito risk

Recent rain means higher mosquito risk

Following recent rainfall and high temperatures, Santa Rosa County officials are advising residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. These blood-sucking, sometimes disease-carrying pests breed well in wet, warm weather. To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, remember the four “Ds”: DUSK to DAWN is the timeframe when mosquitoes are most active. Reduce or […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 19

LIFE IN PRISON FOR CONVICTED FLORIDA KEYS BOMB PLOTTER A judge has imposed a life prison sentence on a man convicted of plotting to set off a backpack bomb on a Florida Keys beach in solidarity with the Islamic State extremist group. The sentence came Tuesday in Key West federal court in the case of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 12

PULSE VICTIMS’ AND GUNMAN’S FAMILY CAN TESTIFY ON 911 CALLS A judge on Monday issued an order setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub. A notice of the Oct. 31 hearing also […]

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 […]

West Nile found at Hurlburt Field

West Nile found at Hurlburt Field

Hurlburt Field confirmed Thursday, Aug. 25, that mosquitoes trapped at their Soundside locations tested positive for the presence of West Nile Virus in one of the samples. This comes on the heals of a confirmed human case of West Nile in Santa Rosa County Aug. 19. The mosquito-borne disease has symptoms of fever, head and […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

FLORIDA SENDS ANOTHER $5 MILLION TO FIGHT ZIKA IN MIAMI-DADE Earlier Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine asked for more federal resources to combat Zika’s spread in South Florida, where the first cases of the virus transmitted by mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland have been found in the […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

WIFE OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR KILLED IN LONDON KNIFE RAMPAGE A Somali-Norwegian teenager went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square, a hub for students and tourists, fatally stabbing an American woman from Florida and wounding five other people. Authorities identified the dead woman as 64-year-old Darlene Horton, wife of a Florida State […]

Governor to Obama: Fund Zika fight now

Governor to Obama:  Fund Zika fight now

In late January, the first concerns about the Zika virus began to surface in the state of Florida.  By February, the first alert was issued and Santa Rosa County had reported its first and, to date, only case of the mosquito-borne illness which was travel-related.  On Feb. 2, the Florida Department of Health in Santa […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

EX-FLORIDA COP CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING OF ARMED BLACK MUSICIAN Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a news conference Wednesday that Officer Nouman Raja has been charged in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones. Aronberg says a grand jury found Raja’s use of force was unjustified. 3 MORE […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 4

FSU STUDENT REPS: NO HEADDRESSES AT SEMINOLES GAMES The Student Government Association resolution, which passed April 20 by a 27-4 vote, is a nonbinding, formal opinion. It asks the university administration to consider adding the wearing of headdresses as a violation of the student code of conduct. FLORIDA NOW READY TO TEST MOSQUITOES FOR ZIKA […]

Travel-related case of Zika reported in Santa Rosa County

Travel-related case of Zika reported in Santa Rosa County

County Urges Residents to Protect Against Mosquitoes The Florida Department of Health has reported six new cases of Zika in Florida that are travel-associated, bringing the total to nine for the state. Miami-Dade has four reported cases, Hillsborough has two, Lee has two and Santa Rosa has one. According to the Centers for Disease Control, […]

‘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 […]

State’s first West Nile case in Walton County

State’s first West Nile case in Walton County

A Walton County resident is the state’s first confirmed West Nile case this year, according to the Florida Department of Health. The DOH urges Floridians and visitors to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne virus, which causes mild to severe illness, adding that there have been 38 other states with confirmed cases this year. “I encourage Floridians […]

Spraying efforts help control mosquitoes

Spraying efforts help control mosquitoes

  Mosquitoes are out for blood but Santa Rosa County is prepared to do what it can to prevent summer’s most famous pest from quenching its thirst. The county has already started spraying for mosquitoes and will cover 30 routes, spraying five each week. The spraying is typically done from sundown until 1 a.m. However, […]