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Originally posted by Wildmanimal
There have been cases of Dengue Fever in Florida. Mosquitos are the
culprit. If this is the case, this is being done in your best interest.
I would recommend that you close your windows, turn off fans, AC Units,
etc. for a couple hours to let the dust settle so to speak.
Dengue Fever is an incurable nasty and sometimes deadly Infection.
I would consider the minor inconveniences mentioned above a balanced
trade off to the alternative of infection.
This goes for malaria and God else knows what.
I should mention that this could be crop dusting or something else entirely,
but if it is Dengue Fever, The Center for Disease control would most likely
be more concerned with combating it rather than creating a public uproar.
A Brandon-area infant has died of mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis.
According to the Hillsborough County Health Department, tests confirmed the child died from the virus.
It is the second Eastern equine encephalitis-related death in the county this month. A woman in Lutz died of the disease on July 1. The department said that was the first death from a mosquito-born disease since 2008.
The health department is reminding people to avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, wear clothing that covers most of their skin and to use mosquito repellant.
"What people really need to do to protect themselves is to avoid being bit by mosquitoes in the first place," Steve Huard, with the Hillsborough Health Dept.
Huard said the last two cases are the first they've had in Hillsborough County in years.
"We want the community to understand there is a risk associated with being outside after dark right now and we need to take every precaution to mitigate that risk and protect our children and families," he said.