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Zika Awareness Information

The health and wellness of students and staff is a priority at CCPS.  The District is working closely with the Florida Department of Health-Collier (FDOH) to share information regarding prevention of mosquito-borne diseases with students, staff and parents.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and FDOH maintain websites with up-to-date information related to Zika.

 

  • The Zika virus spreads primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito.

  • According to the CDC, only 1 in 5 people infected with the virus will have symptoms. The illness is usually mild and symptoms may include a rash, low-grade fever, red eyes, pain behind the eyes, and joint pain.

  • Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect of the infant’s brain called microcephaly (small head and underdeveloped brain). 

  • The following measures are recommended by FDOH and CDC to help prevent Zika infection:

    • Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes and socks when outside.

    • Apply EPA-Registered insect repellent to exposed skin before school.

      • Insect repellents are not permitted at school.
      • Products with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are the most effective and long-lasting.
      • Products with 20% picaridin, 30% DEET, or 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus can provide 8 hours of protection.
      • Always apply repellent according to instructions on the label and consult with your child’s healthcare provider.

  • Drain standing water and cover or remove objects that can collect water.

 

For more information:

 

 

 

FDOH Zika Information Hotline- 855-622-6735