Hurricane Frances News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2004
Florida Department of Health Distributes DEET to Hurricane Affected Counties
TALLAHASSEE- As communities throughout Florida begin recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Frances, the Department of Health (DOH) continues to provide protection residents from dangerous mosquito-borne diseases by distributing 253,000 cans of DEET to areas impacted by the storms across Florida.
“As we continue clean-up efforts in areas affected by Hurricanes Charley and Frances, we must also be diligent in exercising precautions essential to preventing mosquito-borne disease,” said DOH Secretary John O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. “With many residents laboring outside in damp areas, using safety measures to prevent mosquito-bite infection is critical.”
The DEET will be distributed to the counties impacted
by Hurricanes Charley and Frances through the
local health departments. DOH continues to
advise the public, particularly those affected by the
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit DOH’s Environmental Health website at www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/hsee/arbo/index.htm, call the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-888-880-5782 or your local county health department.
For more information, visit the Department of Health website at www.doh.state.fl.us.
Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557.
Public Information Emergency Support Function: (850) 921-0384.
Last updated: July 08, 2005
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