Don't Give Zika
a Biting Chance
What is Zika?
The Zika virus spreads through the bite of certain types of mosquitoes. While it can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and red or pink eyes, about 80 percent of people with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika can also spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact.
Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus. Your best protection is to avoid infection. Prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself from mosquito bites.
What Can I Do to Prevent Zika?
Take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus:
Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
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Remove standing water in cans, bottles, buckets, tires, wheel barrows or any container that can hold water.
Wear clothing that covers hands, arms, legs, and exposed skin. This can include hats with mosquito netting and socks to cover your ankles.
Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
Am I at Risk?
Pregnant? Traveling? Work outdoors? If you fit into one or more of these groups, you are at a greater risk of contracting or passing along Zika.
The Zika virus can spread from pregnant woman to unborn child, if the mother is infected during pregnancy.
Working outside or traveling to places where Zika is active causes a greater chance of coming into contact with the virus and spreading it. The best thing you can do to avoid these results is to prevent infection.
April 02, 2018
HEALTH ALERT - Updated Zika Testing Guidelines
December 07, 2017
Cases show Zika concern persists in South Texas
Should I Worry?
Most of Texas has a long mosquito season, and many people travel to places where Zika is active. This means you have a greater chance of coming into contact with the Zika virus and spreading it to your loved ones and other Texans. Although rare, the Zika virus may also be a cause for Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which your immune system attacks part of your nervous system.
Check out the numbers of Zika cases in Texas below.