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Dallas hatches plan to prevent Zika outbreak


More rain means more mosquitoes, and CBSDFW reports the top concerns this season are the Zika virus and of course, West Nile Virus. Dallas County Health Department has a plan to prevent Zika outbreaks this mosquito season, which begins the first week of May.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed April 13 that the virus causes microcephaly and other birth defects.

“The impact … [Zika] could have on pregnant women is dramatic, so we think our personal mission is to ensure that we get information out to all … [Dallas County] residents,” Zac Thompson, director of Dallas County’s health and human services department told the Dallas Morning News. “But we don’t want to lose sight of public enemy number one: West Nile virus.”

The health department is monitoring mosquito traps to check for cases of the Zika virus. So far in Dallas, the six confirmed cases of the virus have been transmitted sexually or by a mosquito from abroad.

If a Zika case is found in a local mosquito, officials will treat the area to prevent spreading of the virus.

The biggest focus in Dallas is to get rid of all standing water which acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

For more tips on keeping safe from the virus, read Emily Fann’s Campus Weekly article.

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