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Experts suggest preventive measures for Zika virus

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By now, you’ve likely heard news reports about the Zika virus, which can be spread to people through mosquito bites. It causes symptoms such as fever, joint pain, headaches and red eyes. It can be very serious for unborn babies if the virus is passed on to pregnant women. So far, there are no confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Lake County, but we are urging parents to take precautions.

Consider having your student wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants for outdoor activities. The CDC also recommends the use of insect repellents that have been registered with and evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency for safety and effectiveness.
 
Click here for more information about the virus from the Florida Department of Health,  and click here for a full list of the CDC’s suggestions for prevention.