• Zika and mosquito borne illnesses

    Zika Virus Protection and Prevention

    Measuresfor 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,
    • 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.

    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.