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WILKESBORO — Mosquito-and tick-borne diseases are most commonly acquired from June to September, but residents of Wilkes county can “tip and toss” to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and take preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of mosquito and tick bites.
Infections from ticks and mosquitoes are common in North Carolina. In 2016, 1,007 (833 tick borne and 174 mosquito borne) cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated tick-and-mosquito-borne diseases were reported including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, lyme disease, LaCrosse encephalitis and West Nile virus.
“Ticks and mosquitoes are common, but we can take measures to limit the risk of being bitten and contracting a tick-or mosquito-borne infection,” Wilkes Health Director of Allied Health Services, Rachel Willard said. “We can use the ‘tip and toss’ practices to protect ourselves and our neighbors from tick and mosquito bites this summer.”
Basic control measures include reducing habitat for the pests and reducing exposure to them.
Tip and Toss:
Reduce exposure and use preventive measures:
For more information on preventing tick-and mosquito-borne illnesses visit http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/vector.html.
For additional information about Wilkes Health, call 336.651.7450