Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus. It is spread to people mainly through getting bitten by an infected mosquitoes.
Second Annual Tire Take Back Day -- Help prevent mosquitoes by recycling tires for free!
Mosquitoes are more than annoying: they can carry diseases that can kill you. Their favorite place to breed is in tires. In a single breeding season, water that collects inside one discarded tire can produce more than 10,000 adult mosquitoes. This is an opportunity for residents to recycle their tires for free, and will help decrease the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes around our homes and neighborhoods.
Saturday, April 27, 2019; 10am-2pm
- South: Austin Resource Recovery, 2514 Business Center Drive, Austin, TX 78744
- North: Great Hills Baptist Church, 10500 Jollyville Rd, Austin, TX 78759
Open to all residents of Austin and Travis County. Only passenger tires without rims will be accepted; tractor or commercial tires will not be accepted.
Sponsored by Austin Public Health, Austin Resource Recovery's Recycle and Reuse Dropoff Center, and Travis County.
Zika can be passed from a pregnant women to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. It can also be spread through sex, and likely through blood transfusions, though that is not yet confirmed.
There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika. Many people who are infected with the Zika virus will have no symptoms, or the symptoms are usually mild. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, headache, joint or muscle pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms lcan last for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Zika also has been linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome. This is an uncommon disease of the nervous system, where a person’s immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.
Prevention using Insect Repellents
The best way to prevent a Zika infection is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. The most effective way is with insect repellents
Safe and effective repellents:
- Use repellents that have been approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). They are proven to be safe and effective.
EPA-approved ingredients are:
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD (para-menthane-diol)
- We do not know if non-EPA-approved repellents are effective, including those with natural ingredients.
- Always follow the instructions on the label.
- Reapply as directed. Some repellents last longer than others.
Using repellents on children:
- Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than two months old.
- Do not apply repellent onto a child's hands, eyes, mouth, or on cut or irritated skin. An adult should spray the repellent onto their own hands and then apply to a child's face.
- Do not use repellents containing OLE or PMD on children under three years old.
What everyone needs to know about Zika Virus
Flyers to Download and Print:
- Fight The Bite, Day and Night (English/Spanish) -- learn how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.
- Mosquito Season is here (English/Spanish) -- how to fight the bite
- Preventing Mosquitoes (English/Spanish) -- from our Rodent and Vector Control program in Environmental Health Services
- Choosing an Insect Repellent -- from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Pregnant? Read This before you Travel; also in Spanish