Zika Virus – 10 Facts You Should Know

By: iTopTopics Staff

10. Zika virus Prevention

Zika and preventions
  • Wear light-color clothes with long sleeves and long pants to reduce exposing to mosquitos.
  • Sleep in a mosquito net.
  • Make sure you close screen doors and window screens at all time.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents on exposed skin. The insect repellent should include one of the following ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone.
  • Take extra precaution with those suggestions above if you travel to infected areas.
  • Wear condom during intercourse if you or your partner have recently traveled to/from the infected areas.

For travelers to infected areas, make sure to use those precautions above.

Reference materials:

1. "Zika Virus Associated with Microcephaly" by The New England Journal of Medicine

2. "UTMB scientists genetically engineered world’s first Zika virus infectious cDNA clone" by The University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB

3. "Zika virus" by World Health Organization (WHO)

4. "Zika Virus" by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)