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Jackson County takes precautions on Zika virus entering mosquito season

Jackson County officials prepare for the possibility of Zika virus as mosquito season approaches. (Photo Source: File) Jackson County officials prepare for the possibility of Zika virus as mosquito season approaches. (Photo Source: File)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

With mosquito season approaching, Jackson County wants to make sure the Zika virus is not an issue for its residents. 

Mississippi Mosquito Control gave a presentation during Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. They laid out their plan of action for the upcoming season.

Officials said right now the threat for Zika in the area is slim, but they are taking precautions should the epidemic make its way to the coast.

"The big concern is for those travelers that come back with that disease and then are bit by a local mosquito population," said Steve Pavlovich with the Mississippi Mosquito Control. "This is specifically those mosquitoes that breed in containers around the home. These are not mosquitoes were worried about breeding out in a salt marsh or in a septic situation."

Mosquito Control is urging people to get rid of containers they have around their homes that could be breeding spots for mosquitoes. Additionally, they may increase how often they do aerial sprays. 

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