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Zika Virus Information from Jefferson County Health Department

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Parents:  I received this information this morning from the Jefferson County Health Department and felt it was important to share with you regarding the Zika virus which is spread by mosquitos.  Please read the note below as well as the attached information brochures.

We hope you find this information helpful.


Pat Happer, Jefferson West Superintendent USD 340



Good morning!

The Jefferson County Health Department is following the CDC Zika virus investigation.   It is predicted that a type of mosquito known to carry this virus will travel far enough north this year to reach our area.  While there are still many unknowns about the Zika virus, we do know that prevention is necessary.  It is clear that we need to diligently take steps to prevent mosquito breeding sites and prevent mosquito bites.

As students head into summer break, you may wish to provide this educational information to their families.  Attached are two handouts from CDC regarding mosquito control and mosquito bite prevention.   Feel free to distribute this information as you feel appropriate.  You may place this information on your website if you desire.

Additional resources:

CDC website for general Zika information:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/index.html

CDC fact sheets and posters regarding Zika virus:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters/index.html

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,


Debbie McNary, RN
Jefferson County Health Department
Public Health Director
1212 Walnut Street
Oskaloosa, KS  66066
Phone (785)863-2447

Help Control Mosquitos Fact Sheet CDC

Mosquito Bite Prevention Fact Sheet CDC