School districts in East Texas take preventative measures for Zika during football season

Zika precaution in East Texas

There were five more Zika cases reported over the weekend, bringing the total to 179 cases in Texas. Three of these cases were in East Texas counties – Angelina, Gregg and Upshur.
 
CBS 19 spoke with several school districts to see what they are doing for prevention. Football games are focus for Mineola ISD.
 
Mineola ISD spokesperson Kim Tunnell said they spray the football field before Friday games. The district also allows students to carry insect repellant to school.
 
“Yes, the students can bring repellents to school, they need a note from their parents. They leave it in the clinic or with the teacher,” said Longview ISD spokesperson Sarah Lebus.
 
She said the district also makes sure to clear any standing water around the football field.
 
Tyler ISD spokesperson Dawn Parnell said they do not spray the fields. Students also must have a doctor’s note to bring insect repellant to class.
 
Russell Hopkins with NET Health is speaking on preventative safety for Zika at the Tyler Public Library on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. 
 
He will discuss the lack of funding the district has, making it difficult to create a Zika campaign.
 
“We have no money,” Hopkins said. "We're going to encourage the public to contact their local representatives to pass a funding bill for Zika so we can get out and effect change on a wide-scale area.”
 
The event is free to attend.
 

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