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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2014 Health awareness report: Orange County urges proactiw', measures to combat mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus ORLANDO--As the mos- high fever and joint pain. tus (Asian Tiger mosquito) tion, and the virus can only quito-borne chikungunya Other symptoms may include and Aedes aegypti (Yellow be treated symptomatically. virus continues to spread-in- headache, muscle pain, joint Fever mosquito) - are small, The first case of chikun- = cludingreportsofthefirsttwo swelling or rash, according to black-and-silver insects, gunya in the Western Hemi-  locally transmitted cases in the Centers for Disease Con- They bite primarily during sphere was documented in  Florida-the Orange County trolandPrevention.Thevirus, the day and sleep at night late 2013; since then, there  Health Services Department's which is seldom fatal and and are not a threat to have been 431,000 cases in Mosquito Control Division cannot be spread by humans animals. Unlike most other the Caribbean. Now, health  is urging people to protect or animals, usually resolves mosquitoes, they are found officials believe that infected themselves from possible in- on its own. near residences in contain- mosquitoes have appeared ;-o fectionwhiletakingproactive Tom Breaud, manager of ers - not in large bodies of in Florida for the first time, measures to reduce the threat the Orange County Mos- water, such as lakes, as the state's 77 cases (as of of an outbreak, quito ControlDivision, says "Thesemosquitoesbreedin July 22) include two people - Chikungunya ("chik-en- the mosquitoes capable of standingwaterfoundinareas who contracted the virus Wikipedia GUN-ya") produces flu-like transmitting chikungunya close to homes, schools and locally; the other cases oc- The Asian Tiger mosquito, symptoms characterized by locally- the Aedes albopic- playgrounds - in places like curred during travel outside gutters, fiat roofs, tire swings, the continental U.S. children's toys, bird baths, The individuals in the two plant saucers, trash cans, and locally transmitted Florida even something as small as a cases were bitten by an infec- bottle cap." Breaud said. "We tive mosquito that acquired need the hop of every citizen the virus in Florida (probably toeliminatestandingwateron from someone coming from their property, because this the Caribbean). disease is preventable. The From 2006-13, an average mosquito can go from egg to of 28 people per year were adult in seven days, :o drain- diagnosed with chikungunya inganddumpingunnecessary in the U.S. and its territories. wateraroundyourresidenceis This year, the number is 497. essential to prevention." Orange County Health In addition, Breaudrecom- Services Department's Mos- mends protecting yourself quito Control Division, which with insect repellent that actively sprays to control the containsDEET(N,N-Diethyl- mosquito population, is a re- 3-methylbenzamide),which is source available to all citizens, thegoldstandardinbugspray, including those who would Children and seniors are like their property checked not more susceptible to the for these mosquitoes. Call virus, buttheyarelikelytosuf- 407-254-9120 for Mosquito fer more serious symptoms. Control, or dial 311 to learn There is novaccine or medica- more about related services tion available to prevent infec- provided by Orange County. NY Post slams ,Obama's Israel policy (Israel Hayom/Exclusive The editorialwas referring to JNS.org) A New York Post to the Obama administra- editorial published Sunday tion's recent decision to slammed the Obama admin- hold a shipment of Hellfire istration for its recent Israel missiles meantforthe Israeli policy. Air Force. Headed "Obama deserts an "If Israel suffers, and its ally inwartime," the editorial terrorist enemies are em- said,"Whatkindofallyrefuses boldened, America's own tosendyoudesperatelyneeded security interest abroad will weapons when you're smack be harmed," the editorial said. in the middle of a war? Appar- The Post added, "The presi- ently, that's what the Obama dent is letting his personal folks did with Israel, which pique get the better of him. is caught up fighting with It"s unwise. And certainly no Hamas. It's unforgivable." waytreatafriendinwartime." HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning -  Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960