What is Zika virus disease?
- Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The Aedes mosquitoes are distinctive for their black and white markings.
- These mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled containers in the house and patio and can survive for months. They can lay dozens of eggs up to 5 times during their lifetime.
- These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and they can also bite at night.
What is the City of El Paso doing about Zika?
- Initiating and enhancing monitoring and surveillance of mosquito activity.
- Accelerating mosquito abatement efforts.
- Encouraging people to report illegal dumpsites and standing water by calling 3-1-1.
- The City is responding quickly to these complaints.
- Treating standing stagnant water on public property for larvae control.
How can you help us control the spread of the Zika virus?
- Remove standing stagnant water to prevent breeding. Stagnant water may accumulate in tires, paint cans, trash cans, pails, buckets, painting trays, toys, wells, tanks, barrels, jars, plant pots, plant dishes, plastic pools, birdbaths, animal drinking pans, aluminum cans, etc .
- Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water.
- Change water in pet dishes daily.
- Change water in wading pools and birdbaths several times a week.
- Maintain backyard pools and hot baths.
- Maintain your property clear of trash and debris.
- Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand.
- Treat front and back yards with insecticides if mosquitoes are present or call a pest control professional.
What measures can you take to protect yourself?
- Limit outdoor activities.
- Use air conditioning and maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Dress in light-colored clothing. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use insect repellents. Follow the product label instructions. If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before repellent.
For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html