Starr County holds educational Zika forum

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Starr County health officials held a forum Tuesday to keep residents educated and informed on efforts to combat the Zika virus and what the public can do to help them.

Starr County health officials held a forum Tuesday to keep residents educated and informed on efforts to combat the Zika virus and what the public can do to help them.

Since the first local case of Zika was reported in Cameron County, health officials in Starr County say their efforts have been kicked up a notch.

“We are trying to promote health and try to explain to the public, as well as to the healthcare providers, the facts that we know about this disease as well as how to prevent and how to prevent consequences out of it,” said Starr County Health Administrator Jose Vasquez.

Tuesday’s community forum on the South Texas College campus in Starr County was one of those efforts. 

“We’re trying to get the word out there that, you know, we don’t want this problem to be a bigger problem than it already is in Starr County,” said County Judge Eloy Vera.

Vera says the county’s biggest concern with Zika involves tires left with standing water.

“Take them to our transfer station and they will be quartered up and disposed of properly, so that … I think that’s the biggest problem that we have here in the county is tires,” he said.

They say simple steps such as putting on bug repellent and getting rid of standing water around the yard could make all the difference.

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