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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:
- 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.