Hively: Planning continues to battle ticks and mosquitoes, but more resources needed Featured

Flint Hills Community Health Center Director Renee Hively is calling for more resources to battle ticks and mosquitos, which are responsible for carrying numerous diseases and illnesses. Flint Hills Community Health Center Director Renee Hively is calling for more resources to battle ticks and mosquitos, which are responsible for carrying numerous diseases and illnesses. Centers for Disease Control photos

Flint Hills Community Health Center Director Renee Hively says more resources are needed to combat diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes.

Hively attended a recent conference on the topic and spoke of the ongoing planning effort during KVOE's Newsmaker 2 segment Monday.

This comes with tick and mosquito season just beginning across the Flint Hills. Hively says part of the planning has been dealing with "publicly acceptable" pest control options.

Hively says the federal government has a control program in place, but more resources are needed at the local level. She says the Health Center and other local health organizations can spread the word on how to avoid so-called "vector-borne" diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Zika virus and others by pointing out the ways people can limit their exposure -- light, loose-fitting long clothing, repellents using DEET and other tips.

For more information, call the Health Center's disease investigation nurse Melissa Smith or Environmental Health Director Jennifer Skiles at 342-4864.

We'll have more on the tick and mosquito risk factors during our newscasts this week on KVOE and KVOE.com.

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