Henrico County holds Fight the Bite event to prevent the spread of Zika

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County health officials held a Zika awareness event at Fairfield Middle School Saturday in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We are taking steps to prevent any transmission here,” Laura Young from the Henrico County Health Department said.

The Zika awareness event is just one of many steps officials are taking to make sure residents are protected from Zika.

“Here in Henrico County, we have the Asian Tiger mosquitoes that will potentially transmit the Zika virus,” Lane Carr, also from the Henrico County Health Department, said.

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Carr said that Asian Tiger Mosquito only lays eggs in container environments.

Carr explained how to prevent eggs from being laid in such environments.

“One day a week, walk around and inspect your yard and eliminate water from containers. That will force that mosquito out of our backyards,” she said.

Carr also advised residents to wear loose-fitting clothing and to wear insect repellant.

Charles Taylor, Jr., who lives in Henrico County, said he is concerned for his family.

“My daughter and I were actually out star gazing and looking at the moon about a week ago, and just in the span of a few minutes, we both walked into insects bites,” Taylor said.

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He said he is leaving the event with a long to-do list.

“There are some things that I need to address in my backyard; some clutter that I need to take care of just to make sure that we stay safe,” Taylor said.

Health officials said no Tiger mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika in Henrico County yet.

However, there have been over 60 travel-related cases across the state.

Henrico County offers free mosquito inspections to residents and encourages people living in other areas to call their local health department with any questions or concerns.

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For more information about how to prevent the spread of Zika or to request a mosquito inspection, check the following Henrico County website: http://henrico.us/health/zika-virus/

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