State and Local Officials Urge Protection From Mosquito Born Illnesses

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With heavy rain and high temperatures expected in the upcoming days, state health officials want you to stay protected from mosquito born illnesses.

Health officials are urging residents to take all precautionary measures to keep mosquitoes away and prevent the Zika virus and other diseases.

In 2018 there have been three Zika cases reported in the state. All have been travel related. Health officials say the fight against mosquito born illnesses begins at home.

Eddie Olivarez, Chief Administrative Officer said, “Use DEET repellent, DEET products. Use clothing that can protect yourself when you’re out in the evening like long sleeves and long pants. Remove any standing water. Maintain your yards. Make sure that you do the efforts to remediate any area where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. The thing is called source reduction. Really focused on source reduction.”

Since 2015 there have been a total of 381 Zika cases reported.

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