Staff attends “Fight the Bite” campaign launch
Skip Castleman, Bailey Preston, and Dan Satterfield attended the Department for Public Health’s (DPH) Zika prevention event on May 9 in Frankfort. DPH launched its “Fight the Bite Day and Night” campaign with a press conference discussing the state’s plans to respond to Zika in Kentucky. They emphasized measures to prevent mosquito bites and control the mosquito population locally. DPH and the Department of Agriculture are working together to respond to mosquito control issues.
Three stations were set up to focus on various topics related to Zika prevention. The stations included information on Kentucky’s mosquito population; public mosquito control efforts; addressing standing water issues and removing mosquito breeding grounds around the home; and personal protective measures like insect repellent and appropriate clothing. The event also introduced “Marty Mosquito,” public health’s mascot for Zika prevention and awareness. You can follow her on Instagram at @martymosquito.
More information about Zika can be obtained from the DPH Health Alerts website at http://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/Zika.aspx.
Important facts about Zika:
- Women who are pregnant should not travel to areas with Zika. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas for business or family emergencies should talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites.
- Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare professional before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
- Pregnant women should avoid sexual contact with any man who has recently returned from areas with Zika transmission or consistently and correctly use condoms with each sexual encounter for the duration of the pregnancy.
- Men who develop symptoms during or after travel to Zika-affected areas should wear condoms for six months or consider abstaining from sexual activity.
- Men who travel to a Zika-affected area and do not develop any symptoms within two weeks of travel should wear condoms for 8 weeks after departure from Zika-affected area. The duration of Zika virus being present in semen after infection is not presently known.
Additional facts and information specifically related to Zika virus can be found online at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.