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Mosquito season is back, know how to protect yourself against the Zika virus

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The return of warm weather in Texas means more time outdoors with family and friends.

Warm weather also means the return of mosquitoes, including mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says whether you’re planning a backyard picnic or spring break vacation, the first step to prevent the spread of Zika is preventing mosquito bites.

According to DSHS, it’s important to wear EPA-approved insect repellent and use screens on doors and windows to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus.

DSHS says people should take these simple steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes that could be carrying the Zika virus:

  • Wear EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Wear light-weight, long-sleeve shirts and pants.
  • Use screens on your windows and doors.
  • Use mosquito nets to protect babies younger than two months.
  • Remove standing water in and around your home.
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

If you’re planning a trip, learn more about where Zika is being spread, visit http://texaszika.org/travelers.htm

For more information about Zika, please visit http://texaszika.org/prevention.htm.

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