UF recommends precautions to limit mosquito bites

The Alachua County Health Department reports that the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus from mosquitos has increased. Several sentinel chickens and a horse recently have tested positive for the virus.

Health officials recommend:

* Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves.

* Apply mosquito repellent with 30 percent DEET or other EPA-approved repellants to bare skin and clothing, but not under clothing.

* Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

* Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

* Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.

* Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

* Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

* Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

For more information, go to the UF Student Health Care Center website at http://shcc.ufl.edu/.