Brownsville Health Dept. Starts Mosquito Reduction Campaign

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BROWNSVILLE – Brownsville Health Department workers are going door-to-door talking to residents about the Zika virus.

A Brownsville health department team visited colonia Galaxia in Brownsville to hand out a report on what to do to combat the Zika virus.  

Forty staff members and volunteers of the health department distributed directions for homeowners to keep mosquitoes from breeding on their property.

They’re suggesting residents turn over items containing stagnant water and keep their gutters clean. The teams of two also handed out bug spray to wear when outdoors.

Brownville City Public Health Director Art Rodriguez said the workers went through an orientation Monday afternoon at the Brownsville Sports Park.

Although there have been no reported locally-transmitted Zika cases in Brownsville this year, he warned peak mosquito season is close.

“We’re trying to bridge a gap where we’re trying to get citizens to recognize what are – not only signs and symptoms for Zika, because there’s a big increase of Zika in Mexico – but also what they could do around their home to decrease of them having the type of mosquitoes that potentially could carry Zika,” he said.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus. However, Rodriguez said it can also be sexually transmitted. He said the teams will also be handling out condoms during the campaign.

The program will run every day, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., until Thursday, Aug. 17.


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