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How You Can Help Prevent Zika

The Zika virus is a serious health concern, especially for frequent travelers.

The disease can have serious health effects such as microcephaly for infants born to mothers carrying the virus, but it can also be difficult to detect when only its mild symptoms manifest.

It’s important to know how to control the spread of the Zika virus.

Control Those Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are pests. No one likes them, but we can often get used to them. It’s important not to get complacent, however, and to take active steps to remove mosquitoes.

The most important step that can be taken to prevent Zika virus is to remove standing water from your home. That birdbath outside of your front door might be a pretty sight, but it’s necessary to change its water once a week: stagnant water is a literal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Inside your home, watch for vases and flowerpots that haven’t had their water changed. Use insect spray to kill mosquitoes in their resting spots. They like dark humid areas, such as garages. Install screen doors to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place.

Even If You’re in a Committed Relationship, Be Careful

Individuals in a healthy, monogamous relationship with eachother can still transmit the disease. Vaginal, anal, and oral sex are all risks for transmitting the virus; oftentimes, one member in a relationship can be unaware they even have the virus.

Make sure to use condoms for all forms of sex, including oral. If you think you’re at risk for Zika, consider abstinence until you can get a proper checkup.

Traveling

But the largest risk factor for Zika might be if you’re traveling. Pregnant travelers should not travel to risky areas.

If you do decide to travel to an area at risk, use insect repellent. Dress in clothing that fully covers your arms and legs. Avoid any sexual contact during travel.

Perhaps most urgently, when you come back to the United States, make sure that you continue to avoid mosquito bites: if by any chance you have the Zika virus, you could spread it to mosquitoes in the area.

These were some basic tips for helping avoid the spread of Zika virus. If you have any more questions, call here or check here for more information.

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