With Zika creating a cause for concern, most Americans including East Texans, are educating themselves about the virus. Most importantly, how to protect themselves and their families from catching it.
“The consequences are different now. We’ve got new rare diseases that we can’t control in the medical world.”
With Smith County officials saying they don’t have the means to spray for mosquitoes and the fear of the Zika virus growing, cities within the county, like Whitehouse, are handling it themselves.
“We’ve started fogging earlier and we’re really focusing on our historically problem areas,” says interim city manager, Madison Johnson.
They’re doing more than just spraying. Utilities clerk supervisor, Jennifer Lusk says they’ve educated themselves and now they’re dispersing that information to people living in the areas.
“We’re going to put a blurb our all the utility bills that will give them our city website to be able to view the information that we have put on there to be able to protect themselves and their families.
The website will have information about what the city is doing and what residents can do at home to hopefully protect themselves from a life-altering virus.
“They’ll click on the mosquito abatement information,” says Lusk. “Which will give them tips they can do around the house to protect themselves and their families.”