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Zika Virus

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed Brevard County’s first case of the travel-related Zika infection. In all, there are now 22 confirmed cases of Zika in Florida. Earlier this month, Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong declared a public health emergency in response to the growing number of confirmed cases of imported Zika virus. All of those infected had traveled outside the country.          XXX mosquito bite protection in florida pamphlet cover
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Enhanced mosquito control protective actions have been implemented inBrevard County to combat container-breeding mosquitoes. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which can carry the Zika virus, are not produced in wetlands or other typical habitats – roadside ditches, retention ponds, swales -- normally associated with mosquito production.
“We are currently working with residents and businesses in the county on disposing of mosquito-producing containers by distributing leaflets and through conversations,” said Chris Richmond, Mosquito Control environmental scientist. “We are also treating various containers that cannot be dumped or drained. We have crews out all day collecting tires from illegal waste tire piles countywide. We are spraying for adult mosquitoes in various neighborhoods.”
The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are daytime feeders, take cover by nightfall and do not travel far. One of the primary prevention tips is for homeowners to inspect for mosquito breeding areas around their homes, such as old tires, gutters that collect leaves and debris and containers that might hold standing water.  
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Brevard County Mosquito Control has been on the lookout for those types of breeding areas because the mosquitoes that breed there are the same species that carry Dengue and other viruses.
Symptoms of Zika may include acute onset of low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (reddening of eye), body aches, headache, eye pain, and vomiting. Illness typically resolves within a week.
The Florida health department has activated a Zika information hotline (855-622-6735) offering daily updates and answers to questions from the public.    
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Brevard County Emergency Management is also providing updates via social media accounts:     
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