The Florida Department of Health issued an advisory for residents in St. Lucie county on Oct. 22nd that an increase in mosquito born diseases has been detected.
Officials have found multiple chickens that have tested positive for West Nile virus and that there is a risk of transmission to humans.
“We are in hurricane season and the mosquito and tick populations have become more dominant, with rain almost every day in St. Lucie. It is important tat you take preventative measures for you and your family.” according to Clint Sperber, a health officer and administrator of the Florida Dept. of Health.
Residents should try to avoid being bitten by taking some preventative measures such as draining standing water and covering skin with clothing and insect repellent.
Hannan Environmental Services offers mosquito treatments for those interested in having extra precautions.