5 Ways Latinos Can Protect Themselves From the Zika Virus

There is no vaccine for the Zika virus, but there are several simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from getting bitten by one of those pesky and dangerous mosquitoes. We’ve jotted down some notes for you!

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1. Protect yourself from Zika virus

Create a barrier. If there’s not one in place already, put a screen on your window to keep those pests from entering your space. Use a mosquito bed net for extra protection.

2. Protect yourself from Zika virus

Apply insect repellent spray all over your body and rub evenly throughout. For an additional layer of safety, add permethrin (an insecticide) to your clothing. 

3. Protect yourself from Zika virus

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat, so if you want to break a sweat, do so indoors. If you’re willing to take the risk and go jogging outside, then opt for long sleeves.

4. Protect yourself from Zika virus

The Zika virus can spread through sexual intercourse. While some men will experience symptoms, others will not. Either way, the virus lives longer in semen than it does in blood, thus the CDC recommends using condoms.

 

5. Protect yourself from Zika virus

Choose your travel destination wisely. According to the CDC, areas with Zika include: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela as well as Caribbean islands like Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and more, along with parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Additionally, U.S. territories like the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa have also been impacted. While the U.S. has had no mosquito-borne infections, there have been travel-associated cases. Use these tips to plan ahead!