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Mosquito Control/Zika Virus
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Sexual transmission also has been documented. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has encouraged local community education to minimize breeding conditions for mosquitos and promote best practices for bite prevention.
There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). In previous outbreaks, the illness has typically been mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Zika virus infection in pregnant women is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Zika also has been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.
The jurisdiction of the County’s Mosquito Control District includes the Town of Palm Beach. Town staff maintains an open line of communication with County officials relative to actions of the County in dealing with this matter. The Town strongly encourages its residents and business community to help prevent mosquitoes from breeding around their properties by eliminating sources of water they can live in. Spraying with insecticide does not eliminate “container mosquitoes,” the type of mosquito that could carry Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya.
On August 3, 2016, the Town hosted a Zika Virus Forum, in partnership with the Civic Association and Citizens' Association of Palm Beach. Click here to download a copy of the power point presentation. Click here to listen to a recording of the session.
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To report excessive mosquito activity, click here to contact the County's Mosquito Control office or call 561-967-6480.