Americans Prep for Mosquito Season and wonder about growing Zika Virus
As Spring approaches in the United States and America preps for spring break travels, outdoor adventures int eh backcountry and backyard bbq’s with family, the question many are wondering about is will the Zika virus reach America via the Mosquito?
Many will assume that the government will have your area sprayed and things will just blow over. Yet as with the West Nile Virus and most other mosquito-transmitted diseases we know that this new crisis will not only grow but it will get to America and it will be a problem that is heard about for years, not just 2016 because there is an Olympic games.
Mosquito-transmitted viruses are really a pain in the butt., because the predator is just not easy to deter or eliminate completely. Backyard BBQ’s, Hiking at your favorite outdoor locations traveling to the tropical destinations of your dreams, each has its own challenges when dealing with Mosquitos.
So what will you need this spring to protect yourself from the Zika or other mosquito-transmitted viruses:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
- Always follow the product label instructions.
- Reapply insect repellent as directed.
- Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
- If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
- If you have a baby or child:
- Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
- Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or
- Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
- Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
- Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
- Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
- Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
- If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
- Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.
Information for travelers
- Traveling? Visit CDC’s Travelers Health website to see if the country you plan to visit has any travel health notices.
- Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers [PDF – 2 pages]
- Read the Traveler’s Health Yellow Book for more information on Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas & Other Insects and Arthropods.