West Nile Virus

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]