A New York man is calling on Facebook users to join him in a campaign to help combat the Zika virus outbreak in the Lone Star State.
“The Lone Star is not an easy place to get infected.
And even though we have a lot of resources at our disposal, it still takes a lot for us to catch a mosquito,” said John Wysocki, who founded the campaign.
Wysocky, a former business owner and entrepreneur, has built up a Facebook group called “Lone Star Zika.”
He said the group’s goal is to raise enough awareness to get more people vaccinated, and to help people understand how to protect themselves.
“If we can help people in the community to understand how it can get better and get safer, that’s a big win for us,” Wysocksi said.
The campaign, which has already received more than 2,500 likes, has received more support than any other viral outbreak Facebook has tackled.
In April, Wysacki had to cancel a trip to the Bahamas after getting sick from Zika.
He is now back in New Mexico, where he plans to work on creating a program to help educate people about Zika.
The Facebook page has also attracted the attention of local officials, who are using it to promote the campaign and share tips and information about Zika prevention.
“There’s a lot to do, and it takes a long time to get it all done,” said Texas Health Commissioner JoAnne Kloppenburg.
“It’s very much like a wildfire, and you’re going to have to work with the community and with government to get this done.”