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August 17, 2016: Governor Abbott Addresses Zika Virus in Texas

“Governor Greg Abbott wants Texans to know his office is working tirelessly in the ongoing battle to combat against the Zika virus.”

“Abbott’s office released a video highlighting their efforts to ensure that communities across Texas are protected in the event of a local Zika outbreak. Abbott’s office says they’re working to raise awareness in Texas on Zika prevention and want to demonstrate some simple steps the public can take around their homes to keep mosquitoes away.

“’I have directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to work closely with our local partners and the CDC to prevent a Zika outbreak and prepare the strongest possible response plan,’ said Governor Abbott. ‘We have assembled millions in state and federal funds to attack the problem and we are working closely with local partners to monitor travel-related cases here in Texas. By working together we can stop the spread of this virus and keep Texans healthy.’

""Karyn Brown": of Mosquito Squad in Pflugerville said by August, her mosquito spraying business starts to slow down, but because of the growing Zika threat, business is staying steady.

“’I think it’s because of an increased level of anxiety just knowing this disease is out there and it’s as serious as it is,’ said Brown.

“Brown echoed Governor Abbott’s address by stressing the importance of eliminating standing water.

“’You should walk around your yard, look for places that collect water. If there is an area where sprinklers gather water. If your gutters are full. After the last rain, you could have water in there that could breed mosquitoes. Think about your neighbors that have small children that may be pregnant.’”

Source: CBS Austin KEYE TV

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