The City of Titusville, Florida / Emergency Management / NewsPreventing Zika Virus in Brevard
Zika is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and the virus has been identified across Central and South America. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus, is also commonly found in Florida and within Brevard County. Locally, prevention and elimination of these and other misquotes are addressed through standard mosquito control efforts. In the event a confirmed case of mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is found in Brevard, enhanced mosquito control protective actions would be implemented.
There are currently no confirmed cases of Zika in Brevard County. Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 16-29 on February 3, which directed State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in those counties where travel-associated cases (defined as disease believed to be contracted outside of the site) of Zika were found. Currently there are fourteen travel-associated cases in Broward (1 case), Miami-Dade (5 cases), Hillsborough (3 cases), Lee (2 cases), Osceola (1 case), St. Johns (1 case), and Santa Rosa (1 case) counties.
In order to mitigate the risk of Zika in Brevard County, it is important to limit/reduce the numbers of mosquitos by eliminate standing water which would serve as mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitos use puddles of any size – in pots, abandoned pools, bird baths, old tires, etc. – as reproductive areas. Elimination of these areas around homes and businesses is the most effective form of control. The Aedes aegypti misquitos are daytime feeders, take cover by nightfall, and do not travel far.
If mosquitoes are observed, survey the area for open containers of standing water where the mosquitos may be reproducing, and notify Natural Resources/Mosquito Control at 321-264-5032.
To reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites, wear mosquito repellent with DEET, and cover up with clothing. The CDC has advised pregnant women to see their healthcare provider if they develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a place where Zika has been reported.