Orlando Fire Department is committed to the safety of its Orlando residents and employees and would like to share some measures to protect yourself and others against the Zika virus. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Here are the latest figures and some quick tips from the CDC:
Confirmed Zika Cases in Florida
- The Florida Department of Health is issuing daily updates regarding the status of the Zika virus.
- The number for the Zika Virus Information Hotline is 855.622.6735.
- SYMPTOMS: Fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.
Prevention – Tip, Toss and Cover
- Drain standing water around your home to eliminate breeding.
- Trash cans
- Neglected pools
- Storm Drains
- Pet dishes
- Apply insect replant containing DEET.
- Wear long sleeves, pants and socks.
Keep in Mind…
- No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus.
- Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
- Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age or apply onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth and cut or irritated skin.
Click here, for more information and tips about how to prevent the Zika virus.
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