Zika virus prevention tips from Baltimore County

Zika Virus MosquitoAs the summer winds down, Baltimore County is offering helpful tips to residents to help prevent the spread of the Zika Virus.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 and is common in Africa and Asia, it did not begin spreading widely in the Western Hemisphere until last May, when an outbreak occurred in Brazil.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent the virus’ spread.

  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats, when concerned about mosquitoes
  • Repair damaged window and door screens so mosquitoes do not come indoors
  • Always empty containers that hold water and remove trash to avoid creating mosquito breeding sites
  • Protect yourself and use an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package instructions
  • Use condoms or abstain from sexual activity if you are pregnant and your male partner has been in an area with Zika

For more prevention tips, head to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Zika Prevention Tips

Free hearing screenings on May 3, May 18

Hearing ScreeningMay is “Better Hearing and Speech Month” and Baltimore County is stepping up to the plate.

On Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 18, interested individuals can receive free hearing screenings at the Eastern Family Resource Center, located at 9100 Franklin Square Drive.

Baltimore County residents and employees may receive a free hearing screening provided by a certified, licensed audiologist.

Anyone who has difficulty hearing, has ringing in their ears, or frequently asks people to repeat themselves should consider participating.

Free screenings are also available at Liberty Family Resource Center in Randallstown and at Drumcastle Government Center in Baltimore.

To schedule an appointment, call 410-887-6443.

Free Hearing Screening 2016