Mosquito-Borne Illness Alert in Miami-Dade County
with First Case of West Nile Virus of the Year
Th e Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (DOH-Miami-Dade) has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert. A case of West Nile virus infection has been confirmed in a Miami-Dade resident. This is the first local case of West Nile virus in 2020. Rainy season is here and while many of us remain at home amid COVID-19, you are urged to keep protecting yourself and your property from mosquitoes. .

Palmetto Bay joins the DOH-Miami-Dade in continuing to advise residents to remain diligent in your personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “Drain and Cover” as listed below. If you have a case of mosquito nuisance that needs to be reported, please do so by clicking here:


DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
·        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's 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.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
·        Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
·        Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
·        Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
·        Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
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