We have learned more about the Zika Virus and here are some facts:
• The mosquito that carries the virus is categorized as a "container mosquito." That means that it breeds and stays near a container that has liquid inside. That can be as small as a soda can, water bottle, even a water bottle cap that has a small amount of liquid left over - or a pool of water as big as a bird feeder, boat/bilge, or swimming pool.
• These mosquitos don't travel far. They typically stay within 150 feet of the standing water where they hatched. That can cause an infestation in a limited area.
The following is the latest Zika Virus update from the Town of Palm Beach:
What We Know
• There are still no known cases of Zika virus which were contracted in the United States. However, there have been over 600 diagnosed cases as of June 1, 2016, all of which were contracted while traveling.
• There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease.
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.
• Zika virus can be spread during sex by a man infected with Zika to his sex partners.
• Mosquito bite prevention measures should be taken when traveling in areas of the world where the virus is prevalent.
What You Can Do
o Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating sources of water they can live in. Some of the key actions property owners can take include:
o Ornamental Ponds: Stock with mosquito-eating fish. Avoid spraying with garden insect sprays. Keep water level up.
o Swimming Pools: Operate filter and skimmer continuously. If a pool cover is used, keep it tightly sealed.
o Boats: Store small boats and kayaks upside down or cover to keep out the rain. Bail out standing water and check bilge for larvae.
o Rain gutters: Keep cleaned and cleared of leaves.
o Tree holes: Fill tree holes with sand where possible.
o Containers: All containers should be stored upside down. Discard unwanted containers that might collect rain water or water from sprinklers. This includes: barrels, buckets, wading pools, and watering pans under potted plants.
o Surface Depressions: Level off surface depressions with standing water so it can run off.
o Bromeliads: Flush out bromeliads every 3 to 4 days.
o Protect yourself by using insect repellents that contain DEET when outside (at all hours of the day) and wear long sleeve clothes if at all possible.
o Contact the Mosquito Control District
o Any resident or property owner experiencing excessive mosquitos should call or email the County's Mosquito Control Division to request an inspection of their property.
o The phone number is 561-967-6480 and the website address to report mosquito activity is www.pbcgov.com/erm/mosquito
o Mosquito Control staff will assess each individual complaint to determine the source of the mosquito problem and take the appropriate measures, which can range from isolated to neighborhood-wide spraying if a high mosquito population is discovered.
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