The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is telling residents to take precautions against mosquito bites due to “an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity.”

Officials said Monday afternoon in a news release that several sentinel chickens have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis — and “the risk of transmission to humans has increased.”

Make sure to drain and cover the following items to limit your exposure by preventing mosquitos from multiplying:

  • Garbage cans
  • House gutters
  • Buckets
  • Pool covers
  • Coolers
  • Toys
  • Flower pots
  • Old tires
  • Drums
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Pots and pans
  • Empty/clean bird baths once or twice a week
  • Prevent boats from accumulating water
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated

Here are some more tips from the CDC for preventing mosquito bites.


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