Fight the Bite in Schertz
Residents Urged to Fight the Bite
City Officials urge residents to take precautions against mosquito bites this spring. There are preventative measures that can be taken to Fight the Bite, which help to prevent being infected with the Zika virus and other diseases spread by mosquitoes. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommends a number of ways to protect you and your family:
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Using EPA-registered insect repellent, always follow the product label instructions
- Treating clothes and gear with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated items
- Staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms
- Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times
Additional ways to reduce mosquito exposure around your home include:
- Removal of any standing water from gutters, roof, buckets, plant saucers and other containers that hold water and fill in any low areas on your property which tend to collect water.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising pregnant women to postpone travel to countries where Zika is being transmitted. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should first talk to their healthcare provider and follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
It is important to keep in mind that about 1 in 5 people infected with the Zika virus become ill. Symptoms, although usually mild, include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes - lasting several days to a week. Severe symptoms requiring hospitalization are rare, and those who become ill very rarely die of Zika.
If you have lived in or recently traveled to an area with Zika and develop symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider and be sure to disclose where you recently traveled to. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent or treat Zika infection.
Current information about the Zika virus in Texas can be found online.
Additional resources include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.