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EDITORIAL; Zika threat returns

May 6, 2017 GMT

Any public health officials who put the Zika virus into the same category as old threats like Ebola are claiming victory too soon. The virus is still out there, and with spring rains and warmer weather, its potential harm has returned.

Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to county judges and mayors across Texas reminding them not to ignore Zika. Is is spread by Aedes mosquitoes that are active in the daytime. Texas has those mosquitoes, particularly along the Gulf Coast. The virus can cause pregnant women to give birth to babies with shrunken heads.

Because of Zika, measures that are routinely taken to suppress mosquitoes become even more important.

Cities and counties must not scale back their spraying of larvicides by trucks or airplanes. People outdoors should not slack off the use of insect repellent.

Even if the concerns are overrated, it’s certain that some Texas will be infected by the virus in coming months. Let’s make that number as small as possible.

Further information: www.TexasZika.org

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