This image depicts a pregnant woman in an outdoor setting putting on a long-sleeved sweater. Long-sleeved shirts and pants cover exposed skin, and can protect against mosquito bites - the primary way Zika is spread. The risk of Zika is of greatest concern for pregnant women, who can pass Zika to their developing fetus if infected during pregnancy.
“In addition to wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, pregnant women can prevent mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent on exposed skin. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.”
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Key Words: Pregnancy, Zika, Mosquito, Birth Defects