Pancake, the first dog of Texas, helps Gov. Greg Abbott explain simple tips to prevent Zika outbreak

August 8, 2016 5:29 AM

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott is turning to his canine companion — Pancake, the first dog of Texas — to help get the word out about ways to prevent an outbreak of the Zika virus in the Lone Star State.

The governor on Sunday released a web video that features Pancake, a golden retriever, showing simple steps that Texans can take to keep mosquitoes away. The insects are the most common transmission method for the virus, which can cause serious birth defects.

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