Saturday, September 23, 2017
   
Text Size

Recent Buzz on Zika

Category: Parent Points

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed multiple cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in the Miami area—the first confirmed non-travel related cases in which the person was infected by the bite of a mosquito.

Because Parents & Kids readers are likely to be outside in their backyards or gardens where mosquitoes are, here is some information about what gardeners, homeowners, and families in high-risk parts of the U.S. should be doing at home to protect themselves from Zika virus infection.

Some actions that should be taken around the home include:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and using an EPA-registered insect repellent every day.
  • 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.
  • Use mosquito larvicides to treat standing water not meant for drinking that cannot be dumped out or covered.
  • Use window and door screens or air conditioning to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
  • Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
  • Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito on containers without lids.

Calendar of Events - Jackson Metro

September 2017
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Calendar of Events, Northeast MS

September 2017
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Calendar of Events - Pinebelt

September 2017
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Latest Family Events

Sat Sep 23 @ 8:00AM - 01:00PM
Outdoorama on the Rez
Sat Sep 23 @ 8:00AM -
Canopy Children’s Solutions 5K4 Kids
Sat Sep 23 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
MISSISSIPPI SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Sat Sep 23 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Mississippi Sciencefest: Water Journey
Sat Sep 23 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
MISSISSIPPI SCIENCE FEST
Sat Sep 23 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Storytelling with Annie B. McKee during Museum Day Live! at The Oaks
Sat Sep 23 @ 3:00PM -
SANDBOX LIVE-AG TECH HACKATHON
Sat Sep 23 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
DISCOVERY NIGHT: JOURNEY TO SPACE
Fri Sep 29
Living History Days
Fri Sep 29 @ 6:00PM -
Dinner and a Movie, Sing