Protecting Yourself from Zika Virus When Traveling

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People looking forward to a warm, sunny vacation may want to pack insect repellent for their trip.

Zika virus has emerged as a major health concern in certain areas of the world. So how can people traveling to Zika-affected areas and other warmer climates protect themselves?

The key, according to a Johns Hopkins Medicine expert, is to keep the mosquitoes away. Here is some useful information:

  • Clothing:

    • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
    • Wear clothing treated with permethrin.
  • Insect Repellant:
  • For children:
    • Do not use insect repellent with a concentration of more than 30% DEET.
    • Avoid hands, eyes, mouths, or cut or irritated skin when applying to children.
    • Insect repellents are not recommended for children younger than 2 months old.
  • For pregnant women:
    • Insect repellent containing DEET and picaridin are considered safe for women to use during pregnancy.

Journalists can download raw sound bites, B-roll video and an anchor script here. For more information, please visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine Zika virus information website.

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