8News Daily Poll: Are you concerned about the Zika virus impacting our area?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — There are many questions about the Zika virus and what we should be doing locally to fight it.

Richmond was recently named on a new list of cities most at risk for being impacted by the Zika virus.

HealthGrove says Richmond ranks 25th out of the 50 states when it comes to cities that could be impacted if the virus continues to spread. The report measured mosquito levels, population and travelers from Zika-affected countries.

Every year when warm weather visits the area, so do billions of mosquitos. With the rising concern over the Zika virus, some residents are taking extra precautions.

“We are talking about wanting to stop the spread of the Zika virus. The only way to stop the spread of the Zika virus is stop the spread of the mosquito,” said Mosquito Authority franchise owner Anthony Duncan.

Easing some fears, Chesterfield Health Director Parham Jaberi wants residents to know that Zika is not an immediate threat to this area.

“This is not an urgent crisis. This is something citizens needed to be aware of,” said Jaberi.” This is something that citizens can take personal action just to reduce their risks. ”

Prevention methods for Zika are things that the health department already recommends.

“Some of the most important aspects of prevention for us will be to do what we call those common sense or routine methods that we have talked about for West Nile, chikungunya and many other diseases that are passed on through mosquitoes,” said Jaberi.

That means getting rid of standing water around your home, wearing bug repellant and wearing long sleeves when working in the yard.

The health department in Chesterfield is having a few informational meetings if residents have any questions or concerns:

  • Monday April 18th at 1:30 p.m. at Chester Library
  • Thursday April 21st 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at Swift Creek Middle School Auditorium (Presented by the Rotary Club of Brandermill)

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