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Parker County Judge’s office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joel Kertok
Phone: (817) 598-6166
9 AM, May 24, 2018
PESKY MOSQUITOES CAN BE MORE THAN A NUISANCE
Parker County is home to both types of mosquitoes that can carry a dangerous disease, known as the Zika Virus.
Parker County’s Ag Extension Agent Jay Kingston said the good news is that the virus has not been found in any mosquitoes in Parker County, but cautioned it doesn’t mean Parker County residents can rest easy.
Kingston said while Zika Virus is not new in the world, it is relatively new to the United States. Until recently, Zika was considered a mild disease with few lasting effects.
However, public health officials are now concerned that pregnant women who contract Zika can pass the virus on to their unborn babies, which may result in a birth defect known as microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition where the fetal brain and head do not fully develop and reach normal size.
“Unfortunately there is no cure or preventive treatment for Zika or the microcephaly, similar to other mosquito carried illnesses,” Kingston said. “There are however, a number of things we can do as individuals to control the population of mosquitoes.”
“The Four D’s” – How to Manage Mosquitoes & Protect Against Bites
Additional measures that can be used around the house or workplace include: