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    1500 Marilla St.,
    Dallas, Texas 75201
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    Zika Virus Information - Updated

    ​​The Texas Department of State Health Services​ (DSHS) has issued recommendations and a website with updated information on Zika Virus and how to protect yourself, your home, and your family.  According to DSHS, 14 Zika cases have been identified in Texas, all of which are directly or indirectly related to travel in areas where the virus is active and ongoing.

    No evidence of local transmission of Zika currently exists, DSHS encourages everyone to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito breeding scenarios. The City of Dallas does have a mosquito abatement program. If you see standing water, report it to ​​3-1-1 online or through their app.
    What you can do:

    Prevent Mosquito Breeding

    • At least weekly empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other containers that hold water.
    • Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water.
    • Remove standing water around structures and from flat roofs.
    • Change water in pet dishes daily.
    • Rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly.
    • Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week.
    • Maintain backyard pools or hot tubs.
    • Cover trash containers.
    • Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days.
    • Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns.
    • Treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are abundant nearby.
    • If mosquito problems persist, consider pesticide applications for vegetation around the home.​

    Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

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