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Prevention of the Zika Virus

Since there is no vaccine against the Zika Virus you should take the necessary measures to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Mosquito repellents are safe and can be used on children and pregnant women, but always follow the guidelines on the packaging before use. Use mosquito nets when sleeping. Pregnant women must avoid sex with a person with the Zika Virus during their pregnancy or if they are planning to get pregnant.

Women should avoid getting pregnant for up to 8 weeks if they have traveled to a Zika infected area or up to 8 months if they or their partners showed any symptoms of the Zika Virus.

Cover exposed skin as much as possible in mosquito-infested areas. Wear light coloured clothing.

If you live in mosquito infested areas then eliminate mosquito breeding sites by following these simple rules.

1. Check water filled containers weekly

2. Throw away or recycle water containers that are not needed

3. Cover containers such as drums or old appliances which must be stored, covered, turned over or placed under a roof that does not allow them to fill with water

4. Clean flower vases and pet's water containers weekly and dump the water from any containers which may collect water

5. Clear roof gutters and eaves to prevent water from settling

6. Repair leaking pipes and outside faucets

7. Discard old tyres

8. Planting Lavender, Basil, Rosemary and Citronella grass in your garden acts as a mosquito repellant.





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