- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials in Washington are providing free kits aimed at preventing the spread of the Zika virus.

WRC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Xa0iSN) that the officials with the D.C. Department of Health are handing out the kits Saturday in all eight wards.

The kits include insect repellent, condoms and mosquito dunks. Mosquito dunks can be put in ponds, puddles and other places with standing water to kill mosquito eggs.

The government currently reports nearly 500 cases in the continental United States. The cases reported in the U.S. so far have all been people who had traveled to Zika outbreak countries, or their sex partners.

Three cases have been reported in the D.C. area by people who had traveled to Central and South America.

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