Drinking water has been switched off in most US cities as the country’s health officials prepare for the spread of the Zika pandemic.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that drinking water supplies in some areas had been switched on to protect against the Zika-related virus.
The virus is spreading quickly in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean and experts are warning that it could spread further and kill more people than previously thought.
The disease has killed more than 11,000 people and infected over 5,000, the CDC said.
In some areas, including Washington state and Hawaii, drinking water was turned off for at least two days to limit the spread.
The health agency said that the switchover had been completed on Thursday morning.
“The health department is working to make sure that our water system is safe to use for everyone, regardless of their level of exposure to the virus,” the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the governor of Hawaii said the state was working to ensure that all drinking water facilities were safe to operate.
“Hawaii has an abundance of drinking water and is confident that we have the necessary infrastructure to ensure safe water supply for all of our residents,” the spokesperson said.
The CDC said that in most cases, people in affected areas were told to drink bottled water or to use tap water.
“For those in the area who cannot drink tap water due to health concerns, CDC recommends using bottled water to prevent the spread or transmission of Zika virus,” Dr Jennifer Nettles said.
People in New York, Washington, Maryland and Virginia are also being urged to avoid drinking water in their homes.
“We’re doing all we can to get the drinking water out of your home,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State address.
“There is no way to avoid the virus or prevent it from spreading, but we have been working hard to make our drinking water safe for everyone.”
“We have been providing bottled water in homes for the past few days,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.
“The public health authorities have made their decision to keep the bottled water and it is safe for us to continue to drink it.”
In other parts of the US, officials said that tap water supplies had been turned off and some drinking water had been re-purposed as drinking water for residents with compromised immune systems.
“Residents in New Jersey are advised to avoid tap water for drinking, cooking, and bathing as the virus continues to spread,” Governor Chris Christie said in New Hampshire.
“This is not a good situation for our state and I urge all New Jerseyans to be patient and remain vigilant.”
In Texas, authorities said residents were being urged not to drink tap or bottled water, as well as other drinking water sources.
The Houston Police Department said that residents were urged to conserve water and other household products and to use bottled water if they can.
The department said residents with a water sample should return it for analysis.
“You should not leave your tap water out for a while and let it sit out overnight.
The water in your tap system can become contaminated, so you may not be able to drink a water that is safe and safe to drink,” the statement said.”
If you do leave your water out overnight, we recommend that you wash it down with tap water.”
The National Guard was also stepping up patrols in the US as authorities prepare for possible outbreaks in other areas of the country.
“Texas has been hit by an unprecedented amount of the virus and it’s not going away.
There are people that are sick, we have to get them out of the state, and it will take a while,” said Lt.
Col. Patrick Glynn, a spokesman for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
“As the US government is in a position to do this, it’s very important to continue this effort to provide water, sanitation, sanitation equipment, water filtration and the other things that are required for the people that need it.”
A US official told Reuters news agency that water systems had been tested and found no traces of the disease.
“Water systems are safe to return for consumption,” the official said.
“As of now, the outbreak is limited to two or three counties in Texas.”
Anybody that’s going to travel to Texas to do business or go to an event or any activity is not going to have to travel very far to get water.
“Authorities in New Mexico said that people were being warned to stay away from the water supply in their home.”
In the event of a confirmed case, the water will be turned off immediately and all persons should not drink or bathe or shower in the tap water of their homes.”Officials