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Information provided by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (August 5, 2016)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes. While people who are infected experience mild symptoms lasting up to a week, and in many cases present no symptoms at all, pregnant women in particular need to take precautions as Zika can cause certain birth defects.

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Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection. However, there are ways a woman can protect her pregnancy, including:

  • Limit the amount of time outdoors during peak times. Daytime is most dangerous as mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Use insect repellent. Read the label and follow the directions.
  • Cover your skin. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. For extra protection, treat clothing with permethrin.
  • Mosquito-proof your home.
    • Use screens on windows and doors.
    • Use air conditioning when available.
    • Eliminate standing water (drain and cover).


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To learn more about these pregnancy protection tips and to access information about Zika and sex during pregnancy, please visit this web page with resources from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the CDC. There is also information available in English, Spanish and Creole on Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida and ways children can also join a family’s effort in making sure they are practicing mosquito bite prevention. 

The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, and reauthorized via referendum on November 4, 2014, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care. To learn more about programs and services the Children’s Services Council funds, please call (954) 377-1000.  

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