Although mosquitoes in the United States are not transmitting the Zika virus at this time, the CDC feels like it's only a matter of time before an outbreak occurs here. Currently, there are 346 cases of the Zika virus in the states, but in each case the virus was acquired during travel. Mosquitoes with the virus are terrifyingly close, however. Zika is transmitting via the insect population in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Therefore, it's crucial to take steps now to protect your family against the virus. Following are four things you can do now to protect yourself from the Zika virus.
Always wear mosquito repellent when outdoors. It's safe for everyone, even pregnant women, and it's the best way to prevent mosquito bites. Be wary of all-natural repellents. They may not work as well as the chemical variety. For this reason, The CDC has comprised a list of approved repellents. Make sure yours is on the list before you head outdoors. Also, be sure to apply repellent after sunscreen.
The less skin you have showing, the less chance you will be bit by a mosquito. Wear loose outfits with long sleeves and full pant legs while spending time outside. The key is to cover as much skin as possible, so sandals and other similar footwear are not recommended. You may even want to consider wearing a hat. In the same vein, cover yourself while sleeping outdoors. Now may be a good time to invest in a mosquito tent.
Take steps to eradicate the mosquito population around your home. Treat your yard with mosquito repellent or have a pest control company do it for you. Take care to rid your yard of any standing water. Mosquitoes breed at an alarming rate, but they need water to do so. Place mosquito repellent candles and torches in areas of your yard where your family likes to gather. Be sure to use them at all times while outdoors.
Avoid travelling to Zika riddled territories, especially if you're pregnant. If you absolutely have to travel, remain indoors while on your trip as much as possible. Sleep with a mosquito net and wear repellent at all times.
The CDC announced that the Zika virus is scarier than first thought. It's very important that you take steps now to protect yourself and your family from the virus.
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