Zika Virus

Zika Virus Protection and Prevention

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.
  • 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.
  • TexasZika.org Communications Resources

  • Zika Communications Toolkit: http://www.texaszika.org/docs/TexasDSHSZikaCommunicationsToolkitII.pdf
  • Sharable graphics for social media: http://www.texaszika.org/materials.htm#toolkit
  • Fact sheets and posters: http://texaszika.org/materials.htm
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