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Cobb & Douglas Public Health Encourages Residents to Protect Themselves Against Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Cobb & Douglas Public Health | July 3, 2024

Summer in Georgia is the perfect time for hiking, barbecuing and spending time with family. However, summertime is also hot and humid — perfect weather for mosquitos.

These insects can carry diseases such as malaria, chikungunya virus and dengue through a bite. Dengue is the most common mosquito-borne infection and is associated with travel to places such as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other areas with frequent/continuous dengue transmission. So far, 14 cases of dengue have been confirmed in Georgia, all related to travelling outside of the United States.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is urging residents to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue. One way is to Tip n’ Toss: eliminating any standing water after rainfall. Mosquitos lay their eggs in containers holding stagnant water, so it is important to empty out water from flowerpots, buckets and wading pools if water is not needed. For items too big to Tip N’ Toss, such as bird baths and garden pools, use larvicides such as mosquito dunks or mosquito torpedoes.

It is also important to:

  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant containing DEET (20%- 30%), Picaridin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and follow the label instructions.
  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants treated with permethrin.
  • Ensure all doors, windows and screens are in good repair and will keep mosquitos outside, and
  • Remember to pack insect repellant and permethrin-treated clothing and gear when traveling overseas.

For information about the CDPH Travel Health Clinic, visit our Travel Health Services page.

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases

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Since 1920, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, with our partners, promotes and protects the health and safety of the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties. We work to achieve healthy people in healthy communities by: Preventing epidemics and spread of disease; Protecting against environmental hazards; Preventing injuries; Promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; Responding to disasters and assisting in community recovery; Assuring the quality and accessibility of health care. By excelling at our core responsibilities, we will assist our residents in living healthier, longer and more rewarding lives.