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Tennessee Department of Health is raising Awareness about Chikungunya

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating the first potential cases of chikungunya in the state. Multiple people from Tennessee recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the illness is now a widespread epidemic with over 100,000 suspected cases.

Some of the recent travelers from Tennessee now have symptoms of the illness.

Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes.

Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes.

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Tennessee Department of Health says prepare for Ticks in order to Prevent Illness

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – After a record-setting number of Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases in the state last year, almost 700, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents and visitors to start thinking now about prevention of tick bites.

“If the warmer weather is motivating you to be outside working or playing, just remember ticks can be found out there too, in rural and urban areas alike, and they are always looking for a free ride and meal,” said Abelardo Moncayo, Ph.D., with the TDH Division of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness. “Tick bites should never be taken lightly; they can carry many diseases, including potentially deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever.”

Deer Ticks

Deer Ticks

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Tennessee Department of Health says Don’t Let Pests Prevent Healthy Outdoor Activities

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – While ticks and mosquitoes are setting records for early arrival and rates of infectious diseases carried, the Department of Health reminds everyone that most people should not avoid healthy outdoor activity.

“Outdoor physical activity provides too many important health benefits to be cancelled because of ticks and mosquitoes,” said Abelardo Moncayo, Ph.D., with TDH Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness. ”It’s true diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever carried by ticks and West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes can be quite serious. Effective tick and mosquito-borne disease prevention strategies should be part of healthy outdoor exercise and recreation.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Precautions urged to protect againest Illness spread by Mosquito Bites

 

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health warns that record floods in some parts of the state in early May followed by hotter than average temperatures could contribute to larger mosquito populations in the state and an increase in West Nile virus cases. TDOH urges Tennesseans to follow commonsense precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry.

“The best way to protect yourself from illnesses such as West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “There are simple precautions we can all take to reduce our contact with mosquitoes and our risk of bites.”

The Department of Health tests mosquitoes submitted from across the state to detect WNV. Identification of the virus in the mosquitoes allows the department to make people aware that WNV has been found in their area so they can take steps to protect themselves and their families. So far this year, one sample of mosquitoes in Shelby County has tested positive for WNV. «Read the rest of this article»

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Mosquito risk increased by recent flooding

 

Residents Urged to Use Repellents, Other Methods to Prevent Bites

Standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, so flooded areas in middle and west Tennessee could cause significant increases in populations of these disease-carrying pests. The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents working to clean up homes, businesses and other facilities in Tennessee to take steps to help prevent illnesses associated with mosquitoes.

“Prevention is the first line of defense from mosquitoes, and we have worked hard to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses in Tennessee,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “As families work to clean out and restore their homes in the days and weeks ahead, it’s imperative that mosquito repellants be used and other recautions be taken to protect our health.” «Read the rest of this article»

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