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Health workers ask public to aid mosquito fight

August 3, 2018

As summer marches on, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is reminding residents to take action to prevent mosquito bites. 

The Department of Health began trapping and testing mosquitoes at several locations throughout Allen County as part of its mosquito control program.

The idea is to identify whether mosquitoes in the area are carrying viruses such as West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis or La Crosse encephalitis. People bitten by infected mosquitoes often experience symptoms including headache, fever, dizziness, fatigue and rash. Mosquitoes can bite any time of day.

“If you’re going to be outdoors, cover up with long pants and long sleeves and apply an insect repellent with DEET to your clothing and exposed skin,” said Dave Fless, director of Vector Control & Environmental Services. “Nothing is more effective at warding off mosquitoes and ticks than wearing repellent.”

Residents are also asked to empty flower pots and other containers, replace water in bird baths, properly dispose of old tires and maintain or tightly cover swimming pools and spas to help reduce mosquito breeding. 

Most people recover from mosquito-borne illnesses relatively quickly, but others : particularly people over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems : are at a greater risk for severe illness, coma or even death. 

More information can be found at www.allencountyhealth.com. 

dgong@jg.net

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