Control of mosquitoes is an important part of preventing disease. The disease getting most of the "buzz" lately is Zika Virus, but it is important to know that there are several other diseases caused by mosquito bites that cause illness in humans in our area. Click the link for each disease to learn more.
Prevention of mosquito-borne illness requires prevention of mosquito bites. We encourage residents to utilize tips for reducing the possibility of mosquito bites in order to prevent mosquito-borne illness.
Zika Virus preparedness is ongoing in Bell County. Some of the best things to remember about any disease is that prevention is an individual effort. In order to prevent the spread of Zika Virus citizens must be aware of the best steps:
Prevent mosquito bites in the first place. This will not only prevent infection with Zika if it ever comes to Bell County, but it will prevent infections such as West Nile Virus as well.
- Use mosquito repellant. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered repellants are proven safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Find more information on their website. (Remember to always follow the product labels for safety and product effectiveness)
- Wear effective protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants to further prevent bites.
- Zika can be passed through intercourse. Take appropriate protective measures to reduce risk.
- Plan for travel. Pregnant women should be doubly cautious about any travel particularly to areas where Zika has been confirmed. Pay attention to Zika Travel Notices which are updated routinely.
See the CDC website for more information on prevention.
TIP: Zika mosquitoes are most active during the day, but can also bite at night so be prepared if outdoors at night for recreation to prevent those mosquito bites. If sleeping in your home either keep the windows closed or ensure that screens are properly preventing insects from getting into your home.