-Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellent, preferably one containing DEET.
The town is urging residents to take action to prevent the spread of the virus and breeding of mosquitoes, which include draining any standing water that may collect in areas such as bird baths.
Hot, humid conditions are ideal for vector mosquito activity.
The state health department routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections, including Zika virus, and no other locally acquired arboviral infections have been identified this year. About one in five people who are infected with the virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, the release stated. People with cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease are at the higher risk of severe illness.
Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.
Always wash treated skin when returning indoors.
Cover playpens or carriages with mosquito netting.
Getting rid of any water holding containers (old tires, etc.).
Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.
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