Texas A&M AgriLife offering Zika education

Lab at Department of State Health Services in Austin testing mosquitoes for Zika and other viruses. (KXAN Photo/Richie Bowes)
Lab at Department of State Health Services in Austin testing mosquitoes for Zika and other viruses. (KXAN Photo/Richie Bowes)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KXAN) — As the country deals with the spread of the Zika virus, Texas A&M is giving you a chance to learn more about the threat.

Wizzie Brown with the school’s Agri-Life Extension Service is here to talk about the seminar.

“The Zika virus is spread mainly by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, both of which can be found in Central Texas,” said Wizzie Brown, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Travis County. “It is a very real threat to unborn babies, causing microcephaly and a variety of neurological diseases. There is no cure, but there are ways people can reduce the risk of getting the Zika virus.”

Their goal is to share their research-based knowledge through programs for Texans.

The two-hour seminar starts at 10 a.m. at the Agri-Life Extension Office on Smith Road. Call 512-854-9606 to reserve a seat. It is free and open to the public.

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