Top 2 Zika protection tips

July 25, 2016

 

The Zika virus is a disease that is spread mainly through the bite of an Aedes mosquito. It affects pregnant women and their babies most severely, causing serious birth defects. Within the past year, it has spread to the United States, and beyond. Although reported American cases have not yet been linked to mosquito bites, the Aedes mosquito is indigenous to areas of the United States, so health organizations such as the EPA the CDC are advising these anti-mosquito repellent and measures be taken to protect people from the virus.

 

#1: Use anti-mosquito repellent

 

It’s important to protect your skin against mosquito bites. The CDC recommends applying an EPA-registered insect repellent to provide you and your family mosquito protection and dengue protection. Insect repellent labeling must bear the EPA registration number, which signifies that it has been tested and approved by EPA as an effective mosquito repellent, providing label instructions are followed such as;

 

  • Reapplication of the product according to instructions

  • Insect repellent is not sprayed on skin underneath clothing

  • Spray is applied to hands, then rubbed onto face, avoiding mouth and eye areas

  • Mosquito repellent product is not used on open cuts

  • The product is applied in an open area, away from food

  • Insect repellent products are not used on babies younger than 2 months old

 

#2: Wear Mosquito  Repellent  Clothing  and Gear

 

Permethrin is a synthetic insecticide that contains a compound similar to natural pyrethroids found in flowers that fatally weaken an insect’s nervous system. Its use as an insect repellent on clothing was approved by the EPA as early as 1990. Here are some persuasive facts about Permethrin in insect repellent clothing;

 

  • During EPA testing on toddlers and military personnel, Permethrin in factory-treated gear and clothing was determined to present no immediate or long-lasting health hazards

  • Factory-treated insect repellent clothing contains low levels of Permethrin

  • Human skin has a resistance to Permethrin, and doesn’t absorb it well

  • Studies show no evidence of Permethrin being a danger to pregnant women, nursing women or their babies

  • The EPA has deemed Permethrin-treated clothing as an effective anti-mosquito repellent, based on required data and effectiveness studies

 

Practicing these two tips puts Zika protection in your own hands. Learn more about insect repellent, and insect repellent clothing.

 

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