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Metro Health Makes Mosquito-Prevention Tools Available to Community

Mosquito dunks, insect repellent available on a first-come, first-serve basis

Contact: Carol Schliesinger, Public Relations Manager, 210-207-8172

SAN ANTONIO (July 14, 2017) –  Got mosquitoes? The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is ready to help. As part of its effort to combat mosquito-borne diseases, Metro Health is making mosquito repellent, mosquito dunks and additional resources available to the public.

The resources and products are available on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations. Please call in advance for specific location hours of operation: 

Location

Address & phone number

TB Clinic

Texas Center for Infectious Disease, 2303 S.E. Military Dr., Bldg. 528 78223 Phone: 207-8823

Baby Café

4538 Centerview Drive Suite 151 78228, Phone: 207-7138

STD/HIV Clinic

512 East Highland, #150  78210 207-8830

Immunizations Clinic

Frank Garrett Multi-Service Ctr 1226 N.W. 18th Street   78207  Phone: 207-8894

Buena Vista WIC Clinic

2315 Buena Vista  78207, Phone: 207-4906

Callaghan WIC Clinic

4412 Callaghan Rd.  78228, Phone: 207-4694

Marbach WIC Clinic

7452 West Military Dr. 78227, Phone:  207-4690

Naco Perrin WIC Clinic

4020 Naco-Perrin  78217, Phone:  207-4742

Pecan Valley WIC Clinic

802 Pecan Valley  78220, Phone:  207-4715

Sabine WIC Clinic

4606 Centerview,  #101   78228, Phone:  207-4754

Rittiman WIC Clinic

4343 Rittiman Rd.  78218, Phone: 207-4750

Salinas WIC Clinic

630 South Gen. McMullen  78237, Phone: 207-4700

S. Flores WIC Clinic

6723 South Flores, #106  78221, Phone: 207-4555

Zarzamora WIC Clinic

4503 South Zarzamora  78211, Phone: 207-4720

Metro Health encourages everyone in the community to also follow safe practices to avoid mosquitoes around their home and in their yard by following these tips:

  • Empty standing water from outdoor containers (even small containers).
  • Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks to protect exposed skin during dusk and dawn, which is when mosquitoes are active.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents on skin not covered by clothing.
  • Spray insect repellent on the outside of your clothing (mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing).
  • Do not spray insect repellent on skin that is under clothing.
  • Insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin and IR3535 are safe for pregnant and nursing women and children older than 2 months.
  • Do not spray aerosol or pump products in enclosed areas or directly on your face.
  • Do not allow insect repellent to come in contact with your eyes or mouth.
  • Do not use repellents on cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • Use soap and water to wash skin and clothing that has been treated with insect repellent.

Due to a link between infection during pregnancy and microcephaly in infants, pregnant women are strongly advised to delay travel to Zika-affected areas. If travel is unavoidable, pregnant women should take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bites. See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and have traveled to a Zika-affected area within the last 12 weeks.

If you do travel to a country where Zika is present, the CDC advises strict adherence to mosquito protection measures:

  • Use air conditioning or window/door screens
  • Use mosquito repellant on skin and clothing, even during the day
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

Additionally, pregnant women, who have a sex partner living in or traveling to a Zika-affected area should:

  • abstain from sex (vaginal, anal, or oral)
  • OR use condoms correctly and consistently for the duration of the pregnancy
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