Zika Virus Information:

Did you know the State of Florida is currently  under a state of emergency due to the Zika Virus?

Some helpful information from The Center of Disease Control to protect you from contracting the virus.

  1. Avoid Travel to areas where there are mosquitoes.
  2.  See your doctor or contact the Florida Department of Health in your County for testing if you visited Miami Beach area on or after June 15 or a country known to have Zika and develop a fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes.
  3. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can use insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients: Deet and Picaridin, found in such products as Off!, Cutter and Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus. These EPA-registered insect repellents. Please always check with your doctor prior to following these directions to put on bug spray.
  4. The CDC said women and men who’ve traveled to Miami Beach must have protected sex .
  5. U.S. doctors should test newborns who show signs of the Zika virus, especially in Florida, where mosquitoes are prevalent.

Children

6. Most insect repellents can be used on children, with a few caveats.  Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

7. Do not apply insect repellent to children under 2 years old.

8. Dress children in clothing that covers their arms and legs.

9. Use mosquito netting to cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers.

10. Protect your home from mosquitoes by using screens on windows and doors and getting rid of standing water.

Travelers

11. Stay in places with air conditioning and with windows and door screens.

12. If you are sleeping outdoors, sleep under a mosquito net.

13. Use insect repellent and use protective clothing.

14. Upon return from a place where there were infected mosquitoes, continue to protect yourself for three weeks after travel so you do not spread the Zika virus.

15. If you feel sick when you return from a trip, immediately go to a doctor.

 

Note:  The above information was obtained from the CDC.  Please log into the site for additional information about the Zika virus.

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