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.

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Zika Virus information session to be held at Perry Hall Library

Zika Virus MosquitoWant to know more about the Zika Virus and how to prevent it?

The Baltimore County Health Department will be hosting a Community Chat about the Zika Virus on Thursday, April 28th at the Perry Hall Library (9685 Honeygo Boulevard, 21128).

The session will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Next week is Zika Virus Awareness Week in Maryland.

The Zika Virus has received lots of media attention of late and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women.

In January, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued travel guidance on affected countries, including the use of enhanced precautions, and guidelines for pregnant women including considering postponing travel.

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