The health and safety of Pinellas County Schools students and staff is a top priority. The district is working with the Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and Pinellas County Mosquito Control to inform our families and community about the Zika virus and ways to prevent it.
Information on Zika:
- The Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika can also spread from mother to fetus, through intercourse, and through blood. Zika is not a communicable disease. Zika cannot be spread by casual person-to-person contact or through droplets in the air.
- Only about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus are symptomatic. Zika fever is a mild illness. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. The illness typically resolves within a week.
- The best way to prevent the Zika virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Pinellas County Schools utilizes air conditioning and ensures there is no standing water around our school sites to reduce mosquito risk.
- Concerned parents should spray their student’s skin and clothing with insect repellant before coming to school. Many brands of repellent last up to 8 hours, so spraying before coming to school should provide coverage for the school day.
Zika resources and links:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources
Florida Department of Health Resources - Zika Virus
Florida Department of Health flyer – Mosquito Bite Protection
Pinellas County Mosquito Control