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News about the Zika virus can be overwhelming, scary, and confusing for children. The key to helping kids cope with their emotions is communicating the facts around the virus and together take measures towards prevention. Learn to recognize symptoms of Zika and model protection against mosquito bites with these tips, activities, and videos.
*This information is intended only for individuals and their families residing in the Caribbean region NOT for domestic U.S. audiences where prevention measures may differ.

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#1 Cover skin with long-sleeved clothing, trousers, and hats.
#2 Use insect repellent recommended by health authorities.
#3 Sleep protected by mosquito nets.
#4 Use screens or mosquito nets in windows and doors to reduce contact with mosquitos.

#1 Controlling the breeding sites of the Aedes Aeypti mosquito reduces the likelihood of transmission of Zika. At least once a week, empty clean, turn over, and cover (or dispose) of containers that can hold water, such as tires, buckets, and flower pots, both inside and outside of dwellings to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
#2 Make sure all tanks, water deposits and containers are covered and sealed to keep out mosquitoes.
#3 Pour out water from flower pots and planters and replace with damp sand.
#4 Change the water in flowers vases and pet bowls at least once a week, pouring the used water out over the ground.
#5 Safely dispose of any unused containers and objects that can accumulate water and serve as breeding sites.
#6 Keep your patio and backyard clean including cleaning all drains and gutters, keep grass short (and weed-free), and treat swimming pools with frequency using recommended products.

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What is Zika?

Zika is a virus caused by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito. People with Zika virus usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), and muscle and joint pain normally lasting for 2-7 days. People sick with Zika virus should get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids, and treat pain and fever with common medicines. If symptoms worsen, they should seek medical care and advice. There is currently no vaccine available. The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites. 

For more information check out "Zika Resources" sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization