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Preventing the Spread of Zika Virus in Dawson County

There has been much discussion in the media about the the Zika Virus. It is important that the citizens of Dawson County are informed about the virus and take appropriate precautions to help prevent its spread.

Symptoms of the Zika Virus normally last 2-7 days and include fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, and headache. It is spread to humans primarily by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, but can also be transmitted from mother-to-child in pregnancy, through sexual contact, and by blood transfusion.

Please help to control the mosquito population by eliminating standing water. Inspect your property on a weekly basis for standing water. Regularly drain and scrub, tightly cover, turn over, or dispose of:

• Tires
• Disused swimming pools
• Buckets
• Planters
• Birdbaths
• Pet water bowls
• Rain gutters
• Any large water containers

Also, please be aware that adult mosquitoes live indoors. Use screens on windows and doors to prevent them from accessing your home. When outdoors, wear permethrin-treated clothing.

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/zika.

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