Greg Abbott addresses state’s Zika preparedness

Mosquitos with the Zika virus (CDC)
Mosquitos with the Zika virus (CDC)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a video released by the Governor’s Office Sunday, Greg Abbott addresses the state’s Zika preparedness and encourages all Texans to take an active role in combating the spread of the virus.

“I have directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to work closely with our local partners and the CDC to prevent a Zika outbreak and prepare the strongest possible response plan,” Abbott said. “We have assembled millions in state and federal funds to attack the problem and we are working closely with local partners to monitor travel-related cases here in Texas.”

To help demonstrate steps everyone can take to keep themselves healthy and safe against the Zika Virus, the video featured an appearance from Pancake, the first dog of Texas.

In the video, Abbott encourages all Texans to practice:

  1. Looking outside their home or apartment and identifying places mosquito may breed. That includes pools or pet dishes with standing water.
  2. Removing standing water, changing pet water bowls regularly and keeping trash cans closed or covered.
  3. Using insect repellent as directed.
  4. Wearing long sleeves or pants to limit contact with mosquitoes.
  5. Limiting outdoor activities during the daytime.

“By working together we can stop the spread of this virus and keep Texans healthy,” Abbott said.

The full video can be found here.

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