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OMMU Weekly Update - Aug. 17, 2018

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida’s families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We are pleased to provide this weekly update on the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use’s (OMMU) diligent work implementing the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in section 381.986, F.S. (2018).

DRAIN standing water: • Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used. • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week. • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water. • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with: • CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. • REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens: • Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

Tips on Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites: • Clean out troughs and gutters; • Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain; • Turn over or remove empty plastic pots; • Pick up all beverage containers and cups; • Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water; • Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a week; • Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week; and • Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water.

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