Health District adds Zika Hotline
Nueces County and Corpus Christi residents now have a Zika Virus hotline to call with the latest information. The details are provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Health District. The phone number is (361) 826-7204 and can be reached at any time. The hotline answers questions and advises callers on what they can do as a community, as well as an individual to protect homes, families, and especially, pregnant women from Zika exposure. The recorded message will be updated as information is made available.
Vector Control Update:
The City's vector control unit is using a proactive approach to combat mosquitoes. Recently, crews began spraying areas where traps revealed high mosquito count, which include North Beach and Calallen. Vector control purchased additional sprayers and chemical and is in the process of staffing up to five trucks. Workers are prepared for additional spraying before outdoor events in public spaces and neighborhoods.
Vector control continues to use larvicide in areas with standing water to target mosquito breeding grounds on undeveloped private property and construction sites.
Officers continue to reach out to the public to educate citizens on how to prevent mosquitoes at their homes.
Tips to Control Mosquitoes Around the Home:
- Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns, or in pet dishes for more than two days.
- Get rid of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, or other containers that collect and hold water.
- Clean debris from rain gutters, remove standing water from flat roofs, and repair leaks around faucets and air conditioners.
- Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week.
- Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas.
- Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats or pools, and arrange the tarp to drain the water.
The best defense is to practice the “Four Ds”:
- Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.