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How to Prevent the Zika Virus Infection.

Posted by Stuart Rose on

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The Zika virus is now a risk worldwide in warmer climates—but it can be prevented.

Here's how:

Bed Net

  • If your room is not well screened and air conditioned, use a bed net when sleeping or resting.
  • Mosquitoes can live indoors and will bite at any time, day or night.

Insect Repellent

  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. We recommend a minimum of 30% DEET.
  • Always follow the directions on the bottle.
  • Do not spray repellent under clothing.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
  • When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • Most repellents, including DEET,
    can be used on kids older than 2 months. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies <2 months

Condoms

  • Zika can be passed through sex. Bring male or female condoms with you when traveling. Use condoms during and after travel to protect yourself and your partner.
  • If you are pregnant, use condoms for the rest of your pregnancy.
  • Not having sex eliminates the risk of getting Zika through sex.

Permethrin Spray

  • Spray your clothing and gear with permethrin to help protect you from mosquito bites or bring pre-treated items.
  • Always follow the directions on the bottle. Reapply as directed.
  • Do not spray permethrin on your skin.
  • Long sleeves and long pants help protect against Zika.

The Zika Virus Prevention Kit is now available from Travel Medicine, Inc.

Remember, the Zika virus is transmitted by daytime-biting mosquitoes. There is no vaccine or nor is there a specific treatment once infected. The main threat is to a fetus (severe brain damage). Adults usually experience only mild symptoms, but Guillain-Barré Syndrome can sometimes occur.


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