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Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County are Open October 3, 2022

By Jennifer Harris

October 02, 2022

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Health offices in St. Lucie County were closed on September 28-29, 2022. All our offices and services will be open on Monday, October 3, 2022.

With the recent passing of Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County reminds everyone to drain any standing water in and around homes and businesses as an important first step in preventing mosquito-borne illnesses from spreading throughout a community.  The “Drain and Cover” campaign reminds us that some mosquitoes require only the tiniest amount of water that it takes to fill a bottle cap to produce more and more mosquitoes.

 DRAIN standing water:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots, pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that stretch tight or with folds that can be smoothed over to prevent from collecting water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with:

  • CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
  • REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old, mosquito spray is not safe for children this young.

COVER doors and windows with screens:

  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

Check out this public service announcement on the “Drain and Cover” campaign: here

 For more information on mosquito-borne illness prevention, visit www.FloridaHealth.gov/emergency.

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