Although Florida escaped a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian, officials are concerned that heavy rainfall from the storm could create problems.
Kent Donahue, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said heavy rains being the potential for flooding, and with flooding comes an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
“Everyone should remain diligent in preventative measures like ‘Drain and Cover,’” Donahue said, urging residents and visitors to protect themselves.
The Florida Department of Health continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue fever, encephalitis, malaria and Zika.
Donahue sent the warnings in emails as an advisory about other pests, including fire ants, mice and rats, which might pop up in unexpected places after the storm.
Source: Orlando Sentinel