Will 2017 become the summer of Zika? Not if folks take precautions.
Last summer, there were nine cases of Zika in Bell County.
"I think that with anything we don't really understand there's going to be a lot of anxiety associated to it," Dr. Karen Brust of Baylor Scott & White said.
Local health departments have actively investigated ways to eliminate mosquito habitats and provided Central Texas with Zika updates.
Below are some tips from DSHS for preventing yourself from contracting Zika:
- Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Mexico and avoid sexual contact with people who have gone there
- Use EPA-approved insect repellent
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to minimize the chance of a mosquito bite
- Use screen windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
- Remove standing water near and around your home
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