Zika Virus Information

Use these recommended links for updated information about Zika Virus.

The Shawnee County Health Department press release on September 8, 2016 states:
an area where Zika transmission is taking place. Individuals who have recently traveled to an area with active Zika virus should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks at a minimum to minimize the risk of transmitting Zika locally. Mosquitoes can transmit other diseases in addition to Zika, and it is a good idea for everyone to take the following steps to help prevent mosquito bites:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home. Empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, gutters and downspouts, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika Viruses, a 2 page fact sheet from the CDC, offers additional tips.

General Health Information about Zika

MedlinePlus includes a basic consumer health topic page on Zika Virus.

The National Library of Medicine is regularly updating Zika Virus Health Information Resources.

Kansas Health Information

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment updates Zika Virus for Kansans. For questions about Zika virus or to report a suspect case of Zika virus disease contact the KDHE Epidemiology hotline by phone: (877) 427-7317 or  epihotline@kdheks.gov.

What is the library doing to help?

The library recommends these links for updated information about Zika Virus.

Please direct questions and feedback on how the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library can improve our community partnerships to provide Shawnee County residents with the information they need to:

Lissa Staley, Health Information Librarian (estaley@tscpl.org)

This page updated 2/11/2017