City officials urge residents to take precautions against Zika & West Nile
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) advises Texans to do the following to reduce exposure to Zika, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses:
• Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Among the EPA-approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products.
• Regularly drain standing water, including water collecting in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus breed in stagnant water.
• Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
• Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
Symptoms of Zika Virus: approximately 80% of people infected with the virus do not become ill. For those who do develop symptoms, illness is generally mild and typically lasts a few days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
Symptoms of West Nile Virus: headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. Up to 80 % of people infected with the virus will have no symptoms.
For the latest information on Zika in Texas: http://www.texaszika.org/
Información en español: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/zika-sp.aspx
From DSHS’ website (Feb. 8, 2016): “Texas has 10 cases of Zika virus disease. Nine are travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. One case involves a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad. Case counts by county: Harris County – 7; Bexar County – 1; Dallas County – 2”
Click here to read the Centers for Disease Control on mosquito prevention.
Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español.
Click here to read official news release.
Posted by: Morgan Ash