Preventing Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Living in Florida, mosquitoes are seemingly part of our everyday life. However, many children don’t know mosquitoes not only make them itch, but can carry diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosquitoes spread different diseases and are more likely to bite at certain times of the day. Some mosquito species bite during the day, such as those mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. Other species of mosquitoes bite most often at dawn and dusk, including those that can transmit West Nile virus.
To help prevent infection and to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, it is important for kids and parents to practice basic mosquito bite prevention: cover skin with long clothing and repellant and spill! sources of standing water. Fewer mosquito bites reduces everyone’s risk for illness and a smaller mosquito population means fewer bites. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon or a bottle cap of water. Kids can help in the fight against mosquitoes when they Spill the Water! around their home and neighborhood. Read more tips below.To minimize the possibility of students with asthma or severe allergies from being exposed to aerosolized repellent, apply insect repellent at home. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and the following recommendations from the United States Environmental Protection AgencyThe State of Florida’s Zika Virus Information Hotline: 1-855-622-6735.
Thank you for all that you do for Florida’s students. Florida’s students are fortunate to have such dedicated education leaders, and we look forward to working together with you to make sure this is a safe and productive school year for all.