ORLANDO, FLA. -- Health departments around the state are advising people to take steps against mosquito-borne diseases.
That's because the weather has created a bumper-crop of mosquitoes.
The steps are simple, and they take account of the fact that this summer has been a rainy one for many parts of the Sunshine State
More standing water has created more breeding grounds for the biting bugs; and officials say there have been numerous horses and sentinel chickens that have tested positive for mosquito-born diseases across the state.
With that in mind, people are being told to take a few elementary steps.
First - drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
That standing water can be in any outdoor receptacle from a teacup and larger. Either drain it or send it to the landfill.
If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, health officials say cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing, while you're at it.
Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET and oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective.
Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months.
Symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, and confusion.
If, despite your best efforts, you get bitten and get to feeling these symptoms, get to a doctor.
Mosquito-borne diseases are a misery. But, if caught in time, they are treatable.