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How to Avoid Getting Zika

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 05, 2016

How to Avoid Getting Zika

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Zika is taking over the world, right? It may seem that way in light of the endless news coverage. Regardless of how far Zika has spread, experts believe that there are a few ways to keep yourself safer and they have shared their advice with Afar

Dr. Michele Barry, director of Stanford University’s Center for Innovation in Global Health and former president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) weighed in in an article in Afar on ways travelers can keep safe and she advised three main things. 

First, Barry advises you to be aware of where you are going and if Zika has been detected there. 

The second thing that she advises is to get ahold of the best bug spray possible. This, she says, means using a spray that contains DEET or diethyltoluamide. 

Number three, Barry tells Afar that you should wear clothing with built-in bug repellant. 

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“Make sure you’re wearing permethrin-impregnated clothes, which are easily obtained in mountain goods stores like REI,” Barry advises. 

For more details on how to protect yourself from Zika, read on here.


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