The Zika virus has been in the news and causing concerns. Unfortunately, there is still a lot we don’t know about Zika. Research is under way to get a better understanding of the virus. In the meantime, read on for important facts and preventative measures. The Zika virus is primarily a mosquito-borne illness, spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Currently, there are outbreaks in a number of countries (click here for CDC information on areas with Zika). At this time, there have been no locally-transmitted cases of Zika in the continental United States, but Aedes mosquitoes are in some parts of the U.S. Aedes mosquitoes are very active daytime biters, but they can also bite at night. Approximately one in five people who are bitten and infected will get sick. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, typically lasting several days to a week. Usually the illness is mild. However, according to the CDC, infection during pregnancies may be linked to birth defects. There is no existing vaccine to prevent Zika so other precautions are crucial. In order to prevent mosquito bites when in areas with the Zika virus, the CDC recommends, among other things, using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. Higher percentages of the active ingredient provide longer protection. Save Smart Products offers several EPA-registered insect repellents, including:
- Scrubs Sun Skeeter Insect Repellent/Sunscreen Wipes which combine the power of 20% DEET with SPF 25 sunscreen. Click HERE for more information
- OFF! Deep Woods Off! A 25% DEET formula that provides up to 8 hours of protection (DVOCB018425CT). Click HERE for more information.