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Cases of the Zika Virus have been reported in Palm Beach County (PBC).  It is important that you know the facts about this illness and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

The Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management reports that Zika is a virus transmitted by the Aedes ssp. mosquito.  First discovered in Africa in 1947, Zika is usually present in the blood of an infected person for a few days during which a mosquito may acquire the infection by bite and possibly transmit the virus by biting another person.  It is a mild illness that resolves itself within a week and only about 1 in 5 infected will develop symptoms (fever, rash joint pain, conjunctivitis).  Reports of birth defects associated with Zika have been documented and there is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika.
As with all mosquito-transmitted diseases, the best way to prevent exposure is to limit your chances of being bitten by a mosquito:

 1.  Wear protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeves, socks, etc.
 2.  Apply an approved mosquito repellent, preferably one containing DEET.  Always use repellents according to the label.

The City is also urging everyone to take an active role in reducing exposure to mosquitoes and eliminating artificial breeding sites:

1.  Empty water from flower pots, garbage cans, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, boat tarps, old tires, pool covers and any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
2.  Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
3.  Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
4.  Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated.
5.  Always empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
6.  Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
7.  Repair damaged screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

Palm Beach County has produced brochures that contain important information on the Zika Virus, prevention tips and mosquito control.  To view, click on the links below:

Zika Virus Fact Sheet 
Fight the Bite-Prevent the Spread Mosquito Control  

Additional Information can also be found by visiting the following websites:

Palm Beach County Mosquito Control Division 
Florida Department of Health   
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management  

For more information, contact the City of Delray Beach at (561) 243-7190.
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