Brooks assesses local Zika virus preparedness

Brooks Assesses Local Zika Virus Preparedness

By Stuart Hirsch | The Herald Bulletin Aug 25, 2016
ANDERSON — No one knows what the long-term threat is to our national health from the Zika virus, but U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks spent Wednesday meeting with local health officials to determine their level of preparedness.

The congresswoman came away from a meeting with Madison County Health Department officials impressed by their effort to control all mosquitoes, stay updated on the latest information, and have a plan in place to deal with a potential health crisis.

Prevention Tips
Mosquitoes lay eggs in still water, which hatch in 7-10 days. If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place. Here’s what you can do:

  • Remove standing water in ponds, ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, plant saucers, puddles, buckets, garden equipment and cans.
  • Check for items that might hold water including barbecues, toys, pool covers, tarps, plastic sheeting, boats, canoes and trash.
  • Avoid mosquitoes by staying indoors at dawn and dusk when the bugs are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
  • Apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Use only 10 percent DEET on children, and make sure everyone washes their hands well so that they do not get any cream in their eyes or mouth. Follow directions carefully.

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

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