Okaloosa County Alerts
Zika and Mosquito-Borne Illness Prevention
On February 3, 2016, the Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health issued at Declaration of Public Health Emergency regarding the Zika virus. On June 22, 2016 a travel-associated case of Zika virus was confirmed in a person currently residing in Okaloosa County, Florida--causing Okaloosa County to be added to the list of counties included in the Declaration. Currently, there are no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Okaloosa County, Florida. Other mosquito-borne diseases found in Florida include West Nile virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalopathy, Chikungunya, and Dengue. DOH-Okaloosa monitors all mosquito-borne reportable diseases. Preventing mosquitoes from breeding and from biting is the best way to stop Zika from becoming a locally-spread illness and minimize the risk of exposure to other mosquito-borne diseases. Individuals and families play an important role in preventing mosquitoes from breeding and from biting. DOH-Okaloosa asks everyone to Drain and Cover to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and from biting.