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Mosquito-borne illness advisory issued


The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Sarasota County.

Three sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased. Sarasota County Mosquito Control and DOH- Sarasota continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

DOH- Sarasota reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to “Drain and Cover”:

  • DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
  • COVER skin with clothing or repellent.