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Health agencies offer tips for preventing spread of Zika virus

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SPILL THE WATER, STOP THE SPREAD: A key element of the campaign to combat the Zika virus is to empty containers of standing water in yards, since mosquitoes can breed there.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 18, 2016 – The Florida Department of Health is working with the Governor’s Office and the Florida Department of Education to educate students, parents and school personnel on how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne viruses. All public school districts in Florida, including Sarasota County Schools, are joining that effort.

At home, one of the most effective methods of preventing the spread of these viruses is to empty all containers of standing water around your yard. Mosquitoes can breed in small amounts of water.

For more information on precautionary measures and the latest information about Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses, click here for the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County website. It includes a Zika hotline phone number. Click here for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website with Zika information.  

In addition, here are links to informational fliers about preventing the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses:

Mosquito Bite Prevention in Florida

Spill the Water Elementary Poster

Spill the Water Middle-High School Poster


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