JACKSONVILLE, Ark. – Mosquitoes will be out in full force soon and before they get the chance to bite, Jacksonville code enforcement is cracking down on its citizens.
It’s all to prevent the Zika virus from making its way into the city.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has only confirmed two cases of Zika in Arkansas. Neither were locally acquired, but the city knows it’s a possibility.
Charles Jenkins, the supervisory code enforcement officer, said his team will be stepping up its efforts regarding all sources of stagnant water, like pools. They are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Starting within the next several weeks, if code enforcement officers find stagnant water, that homeowner will receive a public nuisance notice with one week to get rid of the water.