HOUSTON — The return of warm weather in Texas means more time outdoors with family and friends. Warm weather also means the return of mosquitoes, including mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus. So whether you’re planning a backyard picnic or spring break vacation, the first step to prevent the spread of Zika is preventing mosquito bites.

It’s important to wear EPA-approved insect repellent and use screens on doors and windows to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus.

Tips:  Take these simple steps to protect yourself from mosquitoes that could be carrying the Zika virus:

        • Wear EPA-approved insect repellent.
        • Wear light-weight, long-sleeve shirts and pants.
        • Use screens on your windows and doors.
        • Use mosquito nets to protect babies younger than two months.
        • Remove standing water in and around your home.
        • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

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