Reno County Health Department

West 2nd Ave. Hutchinson, Kansas 67501-5232
Phone (620) 694-2900
Fax (620) 694-2901

Press Release: May 24, 2016

Reno County, Kansas  Members of the Reno County Healthcare Coalition met last week to review procedures for public health emergencies.  They discussed important items to know about Zika Virus and protection from mosquitoes.

It is important to know that 80% of those infected with Zika Virus never develop symptoms of having the virus but are still capable of spreading the virus on to others.

 Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika Virus.

Ways Zika virus spreads:

  • Bite of an infected mosquito
  • Sex with a man infected with Zika
  • From a pregnant woman to her fetus
  • Infected person to non-infected mosquito when they are bitten by the mosquito

Pregnant Women can:

  • Avoid travel to areas where Zika virus is spreading
  • If they have to travel, talk to their healthcare provider before traveling to these areas
  • Follow steps to prevent mosquito bites
  • Correct use of a condom every time they have sex during pregnancy

Common symptoms of Zika Virus:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Red Eyes

Ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites – which protects you from Zika virus as well as many other viruses mosquitoes can spread:

DRAIN:

  • Empty standing water from flowerpots, buckets and barrels
  • Replace water in pet dishes and birdbaths weekly
  • Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out
  • Clean rain gutters for good drainage
  • Keep children’s wading pools empty when not being used

DRESS:

  • Wear long pants and long sleeves
  • Loose-fitting, light colored clothing is best

DEFEND:

  • Use effective repellants with Deet (at least 23%)
  • Apply larvacide briquettes to standing water
  • Repair or install screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside

For more information regarding Zika and how to protect yourself – visit https://www/cdc.gov/zika , www.renogov.org/health , or call Tara at the Reno County Health Department – 620-259-2698.

https://www.renogov.org/609/Emergency-Preparedness