Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lee County Health Department to Distribute Zika Virus Prevention Kits

Lee County Health Department to Distribute Zika Virus Prevention Kits

With summer winding down and people spending more time outdoors, it is important for everyone to take precautions to protect against mosquito bites. Although the Zika Virus is not being locally transmitted in North Carolina, prevention efforts should start now.

The Lee County Health Department will have Zika Virus Prevention Kits available for county residents starting on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Residents may pick up the kits at the Lee County Health Department (106 Hillcrest Drive, 2nd Floor), Lee County Environmental Health (115 Chatham Street), and the Lee County Animal Shelter (1450 North Horner Boulevard). The kits will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and will contain one Mosquito Dunk.  Kits will also have educational information regarding the proper use of the Mosquito Dunk, along with methods to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.  A Mosquito Dunk is a donut-shaped disc that is inserted into a standing water source, where it floats on the surface and slowly releases a special bacterium, which mosquito larvae eat. This bacterium kills mosquito larvae of all known mosquito species, but is non-toxic to humans, animals, birds, frogs, fish, birds and other animals.

For more information, please contact the Lee County Health Department at (919) 718-4640.

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