Zika virus a threat to Houston, how you can help stop its spread
The City of Houston is taking the Zika virus very seriously. The Houston Health Department held a planning meeting on Jan. 29 with Harris County and its regional partners, including blood banks, healthcare providers, petrochemical companies, mosquito control specialists and others to begin developing plans for pre-emptively preparing for and preventing the transmission of Zika virus in the Houston area. The City will continue coordinating with regional, state and federal partners to prevent the virus.
The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The infection is usually mild, lasts from several days to a week and includes fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Severe illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon, but there may be serious complications for pregnant women.
The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international emergency and public health officials are considering barring patients who have traveled to affected areas from donating blood for up to 28 days.
How do we stop the spread of the virus?
- Remove ALL mosquito breeding opportunities around your home by eliminating all standing water, or items that may hold water.
- Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitos out
For more information on the Zika virus in our community, pregnancy tips and travel alerts, visit: http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Epidemiology/Zika_Virus.html
Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: http://www.houstontx.gov/citizensnet/zikavirus-qanda.pdf