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Environmental Health Programs and Zika


Environmental Health Programs and Zika

Environmental health (EH) professionals play a significant role in the reduction of mosquito-borne disease. Environmental public health professionals are regularly in public and private spaces for inspections and complaint investigations providing an opportunity to intervene on issues like standing water, or containers or debris that could house standing water and create a habitat for mosquito larvae.

About Zika Virus

The Zika virus is transmitted through a bite from an infected Aedes mosquito. Unlike other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, zika does not pose a significant threat to the person who is infected.

  • Symptoms are generally mild and may include a slight fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
  • Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are at higher risk.  The virus has been linked to the development of microcephaly in the child.
  • Individuals should wear long sleeves and pants; use repellant containing DEET, and stay inside as much as possible during the day to avoid getting bit.

 

Zika Resources