What can the residents do?
Right now, there is no vaccine to prevent this disease. The best way to prevent diseases by mosquitoes is to protect yourself & your family from getting bitten by mosquitoes. Take these actions during the coming mosquito season (March-October):
- You and your neighbors can help us in our mission to control the mosquito population by making every possible effort to eliminate or manage all sources of standing water around your home or place of business. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants (light colored/loose fitting) to avoid mosquito bites.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or IR 3535. Apply according to label.
- Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window, door screens, and netting to keep mosquitoes outside. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Cut down weeds, trim and maintain shrubs and grass to reduce adult mosquitoes harboring in vegetation.
- To stop the spread of Zika, travelers diagnosed with Zika should avoid mosquito bites for 3-weeks and use condoms when having sex.
- CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester not travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission. If a pregnant woman is considering travel to one of these areas, she should talk to her health care provider. Visit CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/qa-pregnant-women.html) for more specific guidelines.
- Contact the Mosquito Commission (732-549-0665) if there is a significant mosquito problem or need additional information on mosquito protection & prevention.
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