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On the street: Are you taking extra precautions against Zika virus this summer?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 15, 2016

Alain Deroulette, painter, Lawrence

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“Not really. I wear a little bit of bug repellent, so I guess I’m doing something, but I’m not freaking out about it.”

Madelynn Knisley, music teacher, Lawrence

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“I’m not really taking extra precautions. Just using bug spray.”

Russell Romine, researcher, Lawrence

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Sara Mercer, production worker, Oskaloosa

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“I’m trying to remember the bug spray more often.”

Related story, June 14, 2016, LJWorld.com

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Mike Edson

I am not taking the Zika virus scare seriously. It is an election year after all, and fear motivates voters.

1 year, 10 months ago


Mike Gant

Is anyone from Douglas County going to the Olympics this year? Because if so we could have a real problem on our hands. Brazil is ground zero for the Zika virus, and while most people who go to the Olympics and end up getting infected won't spread it once they get home, we are in a very unique position to have an outbreak on our hands.

The simple solution is to spray for mosquitos. Lawrence is the only city I've ever lived in that doesn't spray, and the mosquitos here are worse than anywhere I've ever been. The modern sprays are safe and effective, and people who are overly concerned can be notified in advance of spray dates so they can cover gardens and the like. I've raised bees in three cities, two which sprayed for mosquitos, and have never had a problem.

1 year, 10 months ago


Chris Warman

No, same as usual

1 year, 10 months ago


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