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May 7, 2016: Alabama’s Plan for Dealing with Zika

“If a mosquito is carrying a disease, it is more than just a nuisance,” said Andy Mullins, Director of Emergency Preparedness with the Alabama Department of Public Health, who oversees the state’s Zika action plan.

“"We have a plan. We are revising it now. There are several mosquito-borne diseases that have been problematic for years. “The key is to get people to take action themselves,” Mullins said. “We’re not going to eliminate mosquitoes in Alabama. For most people, the illness itself is not serious. A large portion of people who become infected with Zika, the symptoms are very non-specific.”

“While there is nothing unique in terms of where people live, southern states are most susceptible to the (Zika) virus, said Cheryl Clay, Public Health Senior Environmentalist, and Supervisor for the Vector Control Division of the Madison County Health Department.”

“There is the possibility that it could get into the population,” she said. “The fact that we do need to reduce the mosquito population because of the diseases they carry is an important issue.”

Source: USA Today

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