6 Ways to Avoid Getting Infected with Zika Virus
With infections reported in Malaysia and Singapore, Southeast Asia now has to contend with the dreaded Zika virus, has been the main reason for thousands of birth defects in the Americas.
An article by Reader’s Digest suggest these six steps to protect ones’ self from the mosquito-borne virus.
Pick the right mosquito repellent
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with active ingredients like DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, piracaridin, or IR 3535
Apply the repellent correctly
Remember to apply sunscreen first before the bug repellent so the cream won’t mask its effectivity.
Always remember to spray your feet and ankles too. Mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus are usually attracted to feet.
Repel with your clothes
Long pants, long sleeves are the go-to clothes. Permethrin products are effective and safe for pregnant women and children.” Baggy clothes offer better protection than tight ones. Also protect the head with hat and sunglasses.
Prep your home
When temperatures reach 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, mosquitoes remain active even during the day and fly into the house for shade. Don’t leave water sources open.
Just one tablespoon of water serve as breeding ground for mosquitos which can produce up to 300 larvae.
The body naturally emits carbon dioxide and heat, and a lot more especially when you sweat during workouts. This attracts mosquitoes.
Avoiding affected areas is the best way to avoid Zika virus.
Regularly check the list of countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission. If you must travel into one of the affected countries, stay in air-conditioned areas, sleep under bed nets, and use mosquito repellent vigilantly.