How to Prevent the Zika Virus

Scientist are saying that within a month the Zika Virus could be here in the United States.  There are several steps that you should take in order to try and prevent yourself from obtaining the Zika Virus:

  • Prevent the Zika Virus by:
    • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
    • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • If Windows are open make sure you have screens in all of your windows.
    • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
    • If you are sleeping outside make sure you use a mosquito net.
  • Preventing a Child From Obtaining Zika VirusDo not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
    • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
    • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
    • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
    • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • If you have just returned from travel in any area where the Zika Virus is a problem, make sure you take steps to prevent mosquito bites so that you do not infect other people.  

 

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