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Posted on: May 4, 2017

Zika Virus Protection and Prevention

Zika Virus Protection and Prevention

Measures to Protect Communities from Zika Virus

? Conduct neighborhood outreach about active precautions individuals can take to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites;

? Initiate or enhance monitoring and surveillance of mosquito activity;

? Develop a local contingency plan for mosquito abatement and surveillance, and plan for additional control measures if needed;

? Keep public drains and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water will not collect;

? Implement efforts to clean up illegal dump sites and collect heavy trash; and

? Encourage people to report illegal dumpsites and standing water, and respond quickly to these complaints.

Measures for Individuals to Protect Themselves from Mosquito Bites

? Wear insect repellent,

? Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants,

? Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens, and

? Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.

Measures for Individuals to Prevent Mosquito Breeding

? At least weekly, carefully check the area around your home, school or workplace for mosquito breeding areas:

? Clear and empty gutters;

? Empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other containers that hold water;

? Remove standing water around structures and from flat roofs;

? Change water in pet dishes daily;

? Rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly;

? Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week;

? Maintain backyard pools or hot tubs;

? Cover trash containers;

? Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days;

? Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns; and

? Treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are abundant nearby.

? If mosquito problems persist, consider pesticide applications for vegetation around the home.

TexasZika.org Communications Resources

? Zika Communications Toolkit: http://www.texaszika.org/docs/TexasDSHSZikaCommunicationsToolkitII.pdf

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