Ways to Prevent the Zika Virus

With rising concerns surrounding the Zika virus, it is important for people around the globe, especially in the Americas, to take the proper precautions to avoid the spread of this unexpected virus.

Zika virus comes from infected mosquitoes from the Aedes genus, the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The virus is passed to humans by a bite from an infected mosquito. Overall prevention and control relies on the removal and modification of mosquitoes and their breeding sites, as well as reducing contact between mosquitoes and people. While mass elimination of these virus-spreading insects may be out of our control, there are simple actions you can take to reduce the possibility of contracting the virus.

Ways to Prevent the Zika Virus

  • Use insect repellent. Look for those containing DEET, lemon eucalyptus oil or picaridin, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Wear light-colored clothing covering as much of the body as possible.
  • Make use of physical barriers, such as screens, closed doors and windows. Sleep under mosquito nets, if necessary.
  • Empty, clean or cover containers that hold water, such as flower pots, bird baths, or buckets where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Help those that may not be able to protect themselves. Young children, the sick and elderly may need special attention.
  • Especially if you are pregnant, you should avoid traveling to countries at high-risk of the virus.

Find more information regarding the Zika virus at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.

protect_yourself_from_mosquito_bitesSources: who.int and cdc.gov.

 

 

 


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