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Hamilton Co. officials urge residents to take actions that prevent mosquito-borne illness

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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human. CDC photo A female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human. CDC photo
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner, which means mosquitoes will be out in full effect. The Hamilton County Health Department says the two most important things the public can protect themselves from the Zika virus or other mosquito-borne illnesses are protect their bodied from mosquito bites and reduce mosquito breeding grounds around their homes, neighborhoods, and businesses. 

“We are urging residents and business owners to check their yards and establishments for any items holding water where mosquitoes lay eggs and multiply.  A mosquito can lay her eggs in something as small as a plastic soda bottle top, so by eliminating breeding grounds, you help prevent yourself or someone else from suffering a mosquito bite," said Hamilton County Mayor, Jim Coppinger

“The reason we are putting emphasis on eliminating standing water,” explains Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes, “is because the mosquitoes responsible for carrying these illnesses rarely travel much farther than the length of two football fields, or 200 yards, from where they are born.” 

To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in containers or areas that cannot easily be emptied, such as bird baths or garden pools, or low spots such as ruts or ditches, the Health Department recommends using larvicides such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks, available at hardware stores or other commercial outlets.  If used properly, larvicides will not harm birds or animals.

For more information, visit the Health Department's website here

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