Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Health Department conducted a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, also called a CASPER, in our area on Tuesday.
This was completed by teams going door-to-door in 39 previously identified areas and speaking directly with community members about information on the Zika virus and ways to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.Public Health Director Joey Smith states, “This full scale exercise was a huge success! We were able to exceed our survey goal by over 25%. Our teams met with many people that knew about Zika, as well as many who had not yet heard of it. Our goal was to test an emergency system and educate the community about the threat of Zika, and we accomplished both. We appreciate the support of the community, and the staff for their hard work on a hot afternoon! The survey responses we collected will assist in our future emergency planning efforts.”
Smith continues, “Zika is still a very real threat and it’s important for citizens to prevent mosquito breeding when possible. I encourage folks to ‘Tip and Toss’ items that collect and hold water around their homes and businesses to aid in local prevention.”
To learn more about the Zika virus and ways to prevent it, visit the Tennessee Department of Health website at www.tn.gov/health/topic/zika-virus or contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 931.648.5747.