This image depicts a pregnant woman standing outdoors and applying insect repellent to exposed skin. Zika is spread primarily by the bite of mosquitoes (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). The risk of Zika is of greatest concern for pregnant women, who can pass Zika to their developing fetus if infected during pregnancy. Here, the woman is also wearing long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.
“When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. CDC recommends using repellents with one of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone. Always follow the product label instructions and reapply as directed.”
Please see the links below for more on the subject of Zika virus.
Key Words: Pregnancy, Zika, Mosquito, Birth Defects, Insect Repellent