City officials announce campaign aimed at combating Zika virus

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Dwight Jones and the City Health Department teamed up Friday to announce a plan aimed at combating the Zika virus in Richmond.

The Department of Health has created a Zika virus website and will be using social media to remind residents to clear standing water from their property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.

Meanwhile, city crews will be using larvicide to attack mosquitoes.

“We have identified areas throughout the city that we treat on a 35- to 45-day basis,” said Howard Glenn, the Operations Manager of the Department of Public Utilities.

As of this week, there are 472 cases of Zika in the United States, 13 in the Commonwealth and three in Central Virginia. Six cases were sexually transmitted.

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