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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:12 pm

Workers taking action on Zika

By NADIA TAMEZ-ROBLEDO | Staff Writer

Brownsville Herald

As vendors and shoppers started their day Saturday morning at the Brownsville Flea Market, there was a lively game of loteria going at Roof No. 1.

Players weren’t marking well-known images like la dama or el catrin on their cards. Instead, there were illustrations related to the causes, symptoms and prevention of the Zika virus. The winner walked away with a mosquito fogger.

The twist on the classic game was part Zika Action Day by the CameronCounty and City of Brownsville health departments. They’re working to educate the public about the importance of preventing the spread of the Zika virus as summer approaches.

Veronica Ramirez Garcia, a health educator with Cameron County Public Health, said the county and its partners are raising awareness about the disease heading into peak mosquito season.

“Prevention is the best medicine for the spread of disease,” Ramirez Garcia said.

Zika is spread by mosquitoes and is sexually transmittable. Only about 20 percent of people who contract Zika show symptoms, she added.

For more information on the Zika virus, visit TexasZika.org or call (956) 546-HELP (4357).

nadia@brownsvilleherald.com

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