Photo Courtesy: FloridaHealth.gov Leon County
Metropolitan Ministries is handing out free Zika Virus Prevention Kits to protect the homeless population in the Tampa Bay area and Pasco County. Metropolitan Ministries says the effort will help prevent the spread of Zika virus to homeless individuals and families who live outdoors in tents or in their cars and vehicles. The kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at MM’s outreach centers at 2002 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa and 3214 U.S. 19 North in Holiday, Florida (Pasco County).
The free kits contain:
· Mosquito spray
· Mosquito nets
· Standing water tablet
· Permethrin spray
Metropolitan Ministries says clothing sprayed with Permethrin can provide up to 6 weeks protection for the homeless.
On June 24th, Governor Rick Scott announced he will use his emergency executive authority to allocate $26.2 million in state funds to prepare and prevent Zika in Florida. So far, there have been 15 reported cases of the Zika virus in the Tampa Bay area –5 in Hillsborough County, 5 in Pinellas, 3 in Pasco, 1 in Manatee, 1 in Sarasota. The Zika virus is spread mainly by mosquitos and causes red eyes, joint pain, fever and rash. Most people with the virus do not need to go to the hospital. According to CDC, the Zika virus infection lasts 7-10 days.
Zika is responsible for causing severe defects in unborn children. Mothers infected with the Zika virus often give birth to babies with abnormally small heads and brains that do not develop normally.
For more information, visit www. metromin.org or call 813-209-1264
Source: Metropolitan Ministries News Release