Friday, October 14, 2016

Reminder - Lee County Health Department Distributing Zika Virus Prevention Kits

Lee County Health Department Distributing Zika Virus Prevention Kits

With standing water remaining an issue after hurricane Matthew, everyone should 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 has Zika Virus Prevention Kits available for county residents. 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 are being distributed on a first come, first serve basis and contain one Mosquito Dunk.  Kits 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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