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Stamford health officials urge Zika virus precaution

Stamford officials are urging residents to take preventative measures against the Zika virus. (AP photo) Stamford officials are urging residents to take preventative measures against the Zika virus. (AP photo)
STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Stamford health officials urged residents Friday to take precaution against the Zika virus.

Mayor David Martin, public safety director Ted Janowski and health director David Knauf said residents should be careful when removing standing water.

Officials said the recommendations are preventative.

“There is no immediate danger to residents. But there are steps we can all be taking now to help control mosquitoes that may be spreading diseases into our area,” said Martin.

Officials said people should scrub, cover or throw out any items that hold water.

They said keeping roof gutters clean is especially important.

Mosquitos lay eggs in warm, stagnant water.

They can lay eggs in items as small as a water bottle. 

"Residents need to maintain their property by making sure artificial containers do not have stagnant water. This is not a situation that we will be able to spray or larvacide our way to safety," said Knauf.

Although officials recommend using larvacide, additional measures should be taken.

Larvacide should not be used in drinking water.

They said water storage containers should be tightly covered so that mosquitos cannot get inside.

Two Connecticut women tested positive for the virus this month.

One of those women was a pregnant teen, who spoke with us about her experience.

Six people in the state have tested positive for the virus this year.

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