- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs is set to take the message of Zika prevention to the radio waves.

According to the Orlando Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2bOj9BN ), Jacobs will soon begin giving Zika-prevention advice via radio spots aimed at slowing the spread of the dangerous virus.

The mayor will urge listeners to “tip, toss and cover up,” a phrase commonly used in regards to getting rid of standing water outside of homes, discarding small containers that cause pool water which breeds mosquitoes and wearing protective clothing and repellent.

The Sentinel report says Orange County has investigated 448 suspected Zika cases and 61 have been confirmed, but all have been “travel associated,” meaning people who were infected outside of the area. None have been traced to mosquitoes in the Orlando area.

“We don’t want to create a sense of hysteria that’s counterproductive, but complacency is equally as dangerous,” the mayor said Friday, addressing suburban mayors and school officials. “I hear a lot of people saying, ‘It’s not that big of a deal.’ That attitude is what will result in a serious problem here … as soon as people think it’s no big deal.”

Zika is usually transmitted by the bite of two species of mosquitoes common in Florida, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, according to the Sentinel report.

So far Florida has reported 500 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the cases are “travel associated.”

The Zika virus is most harmful to pregnant women. The virus can affect the brain of a fetus and lead to the birth of a baby with a dangerously small head.

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