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General NewsHow to avoid bug bites

March 1, 2016

Mosquitoes are rapidly spreading the Zika virus from Brazil north to the United States. People are worried. They don’t want to get the zika virus or any other sickness from a mosquito bite.
The Zika virus causes flu-like symptoms in most people. However, it may cause birth defects in babies and paralysis in some people.
Mosquitoes can also carry yellow fever, dengue fever, and West Nile virus. The advice from the Center for Disease Control has the following tips.
• Use an insect repellent with DEET. DEET does not kill mosquitoes, but it keeps them away. Some people worry that this chemical is unhealthy, but DEET is safe for humans.
• Use products with picaridin. Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of picardin and will stay far away.
• Mosquitoes don’t like oil of lemon eucalyptus. Researchers from the University of New Mexico say, “the ingredient in this oil can be as effective as DEET.”
• Read the label for all insect repellents so that you know how often to apply it.
• Wear loose-fitting long pants and sleeves. Wear socks and shoes. Avoid sandals. The Zika-carrying mosquito loves feet and often bites on the lower part of the body. Cover as much of your body as possible.

Published March 2016

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