South Georgia health officials prepare for Zika

South Georgia health officials prepare for Zika

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Southwest Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis says that the Health District is sending out Zika updates and guidelines to educational institutions, healthcare providers and others in the area.

"We want to ensure our partners have the most recent information about this infection available, and to encourage them to call us with questions," he said. 
"We urge people to educate themselves about Zika by following Southwest Georgia Public Health on our Facebook page, through the media or by going to," Ruis said. "Because the situation is changing almost daily, it is important to check back frequently. Your local health department also has Zika educational information they will be happy to share."

There is no vaccine to protect against Zika, so the best protection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Use an insect repellent with 30% DEET and to follow the instructions on the product label. 
Wear long pants and long sleeves, to cover up against the mosquitoes, which are aggressive daytime biters. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be replaced, and overgrown bushes should be cut back.

Citizens should tip over or toss out items that hold water, such as buckets, planters, tires, toys, flowerpots and birdbaths once a week.

Zika can also be passed through sex from an infected person to his or her partners.

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