Sixth case of Zika confirmed in Shelby County

Courtesy of CBS News

Courtesy of CBS News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A sixth case of the Zika Virus has been confirmed in Shelby County.

The person recently traveled to an area where the virus is prevalent, the Shelby County Health Department said.

Since the mosquito that can carry the virus remains in Shelby County, it is essential for everyone to take the appropriate precautions to reduce their risk of mosquito bites and possible transmission.

SCHD recommends the following for travelers to protect themselves against mosquitoes:

  • Apply repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. SCHD recommends the use of repellants which contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3,8-diol and IR3535.
  • Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks. Tucking shirts in pants and tucking pants into socks will help form a barrier. Wear closed shoes or boots instead of sandals.
  • In remote locations lacking window screens and/or air conditioning, the use of bed nets is advised. These should reach the floor or be tucked under the mattress.
  • Avoid perfumes, colognes and products with fragrances that might attract mosquitoes.