Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tips to combat the Zika virus

Published 09/02/2016 | 02:30

Mosquitos affected with the Zika virus are most active during the day.
Mosquitos affected with the Zika virus are most active during the day.

The Zika virus is in the news and most cases are spread by infected mosquitoes biting humans. Unlike the mosquitoes that spread malaria, affected mosquitoes (the Aedes mosquito) are most active during the day (but especially during mid-morning and late afternoon to dusk).

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Before travelling to an affected country, seek travel health advice. Use insect repellent that contains N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) on exposed skin - the repellent is safe to use during pregnancy and should be applied to skin after sunscreen is applied.

Wear loose clothing that covers your arms and legs, and sleep under a mosquito net in areas where malaria is also a risk.

The Zika virus can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

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