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Consumer Reports: Zika Virus Prevention Advice: How Good Is It?

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Consumer Reports: Zika Virus Prevention Advice: How Good Is It?

In their May 2016 newsletter "On Health" ConsumerReports tested a number of insect repellents "That Best Protect Against Zika." Their top-rated pick was Sawyer 20% Picaridin (a non-DEET repellent). OFF! Deepwoods VIII (25% DEET) was also recommended. These repellents provided about 8 hours of protection. The travel medicine community recommends using at least 30% DEET repellent when traveling to areas where there are serious insect-transmitted diseases. Ironically, when West Nile Virus came to the US 15 years ago, CR rated Ultrathon (33% DEET) the most effective (12 hours of protection). which is 4 hours longer acting than any of the repellents in the current study....

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