Health professionals discuss Zika virus prevention in Abilene

Health professionals in Abilene talk...

ABILENE, Texas - Students, doctors, and nurses at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Abilene met Monday afternoon to talk about ways of preventing the spread of Zika virus.

As of March 10, there have been seven reports of Zika in Texas. These cases originated elsewhere but were discovered after travel to Texas.

Taylor County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Vincent Cantu explained that though Zika has not been identified in Taylor County, mosquitos that are able to carry and transmit Zika have been found. 

The city of Abilene plans to spray for mosquitos should a positive case be found. 

Personal prevention measures should be taken in the meantime to keep you and your family safe.

"We're distributing information along with the Department of State Health Services that stresses the four D's ... dress [appropriately], [apply] DEET, drain [pooling water], and remain indoors," Cantu said.

Make sure to cover up to prevent exposure of skin that mosquitos could bite. When it comes to repellant, there are options available such as oil of lemon eucalyptus, an organic type of repellant, or IR 3535 and Picaridin. Drain containers or tires on your property that can pool water, which creates breeding grounds for mosquitos. If all else fails, stay indoors and keep windows closed. 

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