Preventing mosquito-borne diseases through protective measures

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  • By SrA Candice Jordan
  • 78th Medical Group Public Health
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Did you know mosquitoes are considered the world’s deadliest creatures because they can spread diseases? Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are over 200 different species in the United States. Georgia has over 63 species of mosquitoes and 12 of those species carry diseases. Georgia’s “mosquito season” generally lasts from April to October. The best way to reduce the chance of an infection is to prevent mosquito breeding and mosquito bites.

Steps To Decrease Mosquito Bites 
Ensure all windows and doors have screens and are in good condition.
Dump standing water (e.g., tires, flowerpots, toys, etc.) to deter mosquitos from laying eggs.
Wear loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible when outside.
Use insect repellants that contain DEET, Picaridin, or Eucalyptus Citridora oil.
OCPs (Operational Camouflage Pattern) contain permethrin and last for up to 50 washes.

Vector control is everybody’s business! Help us join the fight to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

For questions, call Public Health at (478) 327-8019. For additional information on vector-borne diseases in the local area, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health at