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Mosquito Control responds to travel-related zika case in Port Charlotte

Charlotte County Mosquito Control is responding to the Zika threat after a travel-related case was reported in Charlotte County.

Char­lotte County Mos­quito Con­trol is respond­ing to the Zika threat after a travel-related case was reported in Char­lotte County.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Pub­lic Works 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– The state Depart­ment of Health has announced the first case of travel-related Zika virus in Char­lotte County. Char­lotte County Mos­quito Con­trol has responded in an effort to pre­vent the virus from enter­ing the county’s pop­u­la­tion of Aedes Mosquitos.

The mos­quito con­trol unit has been per­form­ing reg­u­lar treat­ments in the gen­eral area of Port Char­lotte as well as breed­ing reduc­tion activ­i­ties and out­reach to res­i­dences within a mile of the con­firmed travel-related case.

Addi­tion­ally, after con­fir­ma­tion of the case and fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with the Florida Depart­ment of Health in Char­lotte County, another round of treat­ments and lar­vacide reduc­tion activ­i­ties is being per­formed. (STORY CONTINUES BELOW VIDEO)

We have been mon­i­tor­ing the reports of Zika cases in nearby coun­ties,” Char­lotte County Mos­quito Con­trol Man­ager Scott Scher­mer­horn said. “Mos­quito Con­trol has been prepar­ing and are poised to con­trol any addi­tional Zika cases that may occur.”

Char­lotte County Mos­quito Con­trol works to con­trol the mos­quito pop­u­la­tions through an inte­grated pest man­age­ment approach con­sis­tent with applic­a­ble laws and jus­ti­fied by prin­ci­ples of pub­lic health, vec­tor con­trol, envi­ron­men­tal safety, and fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity, accord­ing to a news release. Mos­quito Con­trol main­tains an active sur­veil­lance pro­gram and oper­ates both ground and air spray­ing mis­sions to reduce the num­ber of mos­qui­tos in Char­lotte County.

Char­lotte County urges res­i­dents to take pre­cau­tions to reduce breed­ing grounds for mos­qui­toes and pro­tect them­selves from being bitten.

Res­i­dents can help con­trol the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion by elim­i­nat­ing areas where mos­qui­tos breed and develop. Mos­qui­tos thrive in wet con­di­tions such as con­tain­ers, tires, water­ing pots, flower pots, kid­die pools, stag­nant bird baths and trash that can hold water. Res­i­dents are advised to remove con­tain­ers hold­ing stand­ing or stag­nant water from their prop­erty or empty them frequently.

The Zika virus causes flu-like symp­toms, such as red eyes, rash, fever, malaise and joint and mus­cle pain, which can last from seven to 10 days. A large major­ity of peo­ple infected, how­ever, show no symp­toms, but can be hosts for the virus and spread it to mosquitoes.

For infor­ma­tion on the Zika virus, call the Zika Infor­ma­tion Hot­line 855−622−6735.

For infor­ma­tion on Char­lotte County Mos­quito Con­trol visit its web­site.


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