The Florida Department of Health is educating Florida’s youth on mosquito bite prevention and enlisting their help in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses in a new campaign that encourages kids to “Spill the Water!”
“Apart from being an everyday nuisance, it is important for children and young adults to know mosquitoes can carry dangerous illnesses like West Nile Virus and Zika,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “While we have yet to see a locally transmitted case of Zika, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves from mosquito bites as we enter the peak mosquito season and I am excited to engage Florida’s youth on this emerging health issue.”
With the help of state and local partners, the department will educate Florida kids on the dangers of mosquito-borne illnesses, teach them to spill standing water around their home and cover up their skin with clothing and repellant before they head outside to play. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon or one bottle cap of water so eliminating sources of standing water is critical to keep mosquitoes from multiplying.
To help educate Florida’s kids and involve them in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses, the department has launched spillthewater.com.