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The Town of Palm Beach sent the Zika Virus Alert below:

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes.  Sexual transmission also has been documented.  Although there are no documented cases of mosquito-borne transmission in the United States, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has encouraged local community education to minimize breeding conditions for mosquitos and promote best practices for bite prevention.

feeding mosquito There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). In previous outbreaks, the illness has typically been mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Zika virus infection in pregnant women is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.  Zika also has been linked  to Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

The jurisdiction of the County’s Mosquito Control District includes  the Town  of  Palm  Beach. Town staff  has been in contact with County officials to ensure there is an open line of communication relative to actions of the County in dealing with this matter.  With the rainy season upon us, the Town strongly  encourages its residents and business community to help prevent mosquitoes from breeding around their properties by eliminating sources of water they can live in.

Spraying with insecticide does not eliminate “container mosquitoes,” the type of mosquito that could carry Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya.

Please follow the link below to see the documents for further information about the virus and how breeding can be prevented.

Click on the links below for additional information on mosquito bite prevention and travel guidance

 

Press About the Issue

UN: Sex transmission of Zika more common than first thought (Palm Beach Post)

Predicting the spread of the Zika virus (Science News Daily)