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A Reminder from the Texas Department of State Health Services: Simple Steps to Prevent the Spread of Zika Virus This Summer

 As the summer kicks into gear, the mosquito season is just beginning and we want to remind our community of measures to prevent the spread of the Zika virus this summer.

Things to note:

• Zika is primarily spread through mosquito bites (Aedes aegypti species). As the weather warms and mosquito activity increases, the threat of local mosquito transmission of Zika exists.

• Pregnant women are particularly at risk due to the Zika virus’ ability to cause birth defects in unborn infants.

• The public health measures we take together will help prevent serious health impacts on the next generation of Texans.

• Combatting Zika begins at the local level.
 
Simple precautionary steps to aid the prevention and/or spread of the Zika virus:
• Apply EPA-approved insect repellent when planning to be outdoors.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and wear long pants when outdoors for prolonged periods.
 
• Utilize screens or close windows and doors.

• Regularly remove any standing water in and around your home or school that could provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

• Cover trash cans or containers that may collect water.

• Visit your doctor if you suspect you’ve been exposed to Zika or exhibit any of the symptoms of Zika, which may include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.
 
For your convenience, we have included flyers below that can be printed and shared as visual reminders of the steps outlined above.

The Texas Department of State Health Services’ website dedicated to Zika www.TexasZika.org has a variety of other free information and materials to help raise awareness of the virus. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the state, county or your local health department if you have any concerns as we work together to limit locally-transmitted cases of Zika in Texas during the summer months.
 
You can send any questions to TexasZika@dshs.texas.gov.
 
Thank you for your assistance in this important public health matter.