Because of an upsurge in mosquito-borne disease activity in Polk County, the Florida Department of Health issued an advisory to residents on Monday.
According to health experts, two horses tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection, raising the possibility of human transmission.
Polk County Mosquito Service and DOH-Polk will continue inspection and preventative measures in light of the recent infections.
Health officials encourage homeowners and visitors to minimise mosquito bites by taking simple actions to restrict exposure, such as “drain and cover.”
Here are a few tips to help protect yourself from mosquitoes borne sickness
Drain standing water to prevent mosquito breeding. Water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other container where sprinkler or rainwater has gathered is prohibited.
Dispose of used tyres, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other objects.
At least once or twice a week, empty and clean birdbaths and pet water dishes.
Tarps that do not collect water can be used to protect boats and cars from rain.
Keep swimming pools in good condition and properly chlorinated. When not in use, empty plastic swimming pools.
Wear garments or apply repellent on your skin. Wear shoes, socks and long trousers and sleeved shirts. This form of protection may be required for persons who must work in mosquito-infested areas