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Tennessee Department of Health says Tick and Mosquito Season is here

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Ticks and mosquitoes are now out in force and looking for food. The meal of choice for both is blood, creating opportunities to spread a variety of serious illnesses such as Zika Virus Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever as they move from one bite victim to another.

“For many people, a bite from a mosquito or tick won’t cause much more than an itchy, irritating spot on the skin or sometimes mild, flu-like symptoms,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

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Tennessee Department of Health says “Fight The Bite” Efforts Important To Protect All Tennesseans

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health confirms there have been 24 persons diagnosed with Zika virus disease in Tennessee this year.

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been identified in a small area in Miami, Florida, but all cases in Tennessee have occurred in people returning from international travel to affected areas.

This serves as a reminder that anyone traveling to affected areas should be very careful to avoid mosquito bites during travel and for three weeks after travel.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Fatal to Horses and Humans Detected in Tennessee

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee Departments of Agriculture and Health are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.

Mosquitoes transmit EEE. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However, mosquito-borne diseases do pose a public health risk.

Mosquitoes transmit the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

Mosquitoes transmit the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

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Montgomery County issues Zika Virus Prevention Reminder

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith, remind residents and business owners to continue to use the “Tip and Toss” method and “SWAT” actions to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

“With the first confirmed cases of the Zika virus in an adjoining county, and mosquito season in full swing, it is prudent that we remind the public of ways to prevent mosquito breeding.” said Mayor Durrett.

Mosquito season in full swing. Everyone should take action to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

Mosquito season in full swing. Everyone should take action to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Stay Safe and Healthy at Upcoming Warm Weather Events

 

“Fight the Bite – Hydrate Right – Respect the Sun’s Might”

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Summer is fast approaching and that means plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and adventures across Tennessee. Thousands of music lovers will visit Nashville and Manchester June 9th through 12th for the CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo.

Thousands more are expected for Elvis Week in Memphis August 10th through 16th and in Bristol for Bristol Motor Speedway’s NASCAR event August 20th.

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Tennessee Department of Health reports First Case of Zika Virus Disease in Tennessee

 

TDH Urges Residents & Travelers to Have Heightened Awareness about Protection Strategies

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health today has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first person in the state to test positive for Zika virus disease. The individual had recently traveled to South America before returning to east Tennessee.

“We have been expecting an imported case of Zika virus disease and we believe more infections are likely as people travel to and from areas where the disease is currently being transmitted,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Zika and Other Diseases Demand Awareness among Travelers

 

Areas with Warmer Climates Present Need for Increased Protection Strategies

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health cautions travelers headed to Mexico, Central America, South America, Hawaii and Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and other locations with year-round warm climates to have increased awareness about the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses and to take appropriate bite protection measures.

The cautionary message follows a recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where an emerging health threat, zika virus infection, is ongoing.

Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya virus are spread to people through mosquito bites.

Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya virus are spread to people through mosquito bites.

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Tennessee Department of Health urges Travelers to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes

 

Chikungunya Virus Disease Spread by Bites

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue.

The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

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Tennessee Department of Health confirms First Human West Nile Virus case of 2014

 

People Urged to Eliminate Standing Water, Take Precautions during Outdoor Activities

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed one human case of West Nile Virus this week, the first human case confirmed in Tennessee in 2014.

The WNV case involves a resident of Shelby County who is now recovering.

Mosquito populations in Tennessee are at their peak May through October. There is no human vaccine for West Nile Virus; therefore, Tennesseans are urged to take preventive measures to avoid being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Mosquito populations in Tennessee are at their peak May through October. There is no human vaccine for West Nile Virus; therefore, Tennesseans are urged to take preventive measures to avoid being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

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Tennessee Department of Health confirms state’s First Chikungunya Case

 

One Madison County Resident Tests Positive

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the first case of chikungunya in Tennessee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory results show a resident of Madison County tested positive for the virus.

TDH is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves from bites from mosquitoes that may spread this and other viruses such as West Nile and La Crosse.

Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes.

Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes.

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