Insect Repellent: Spray Is Best for Stopping Zika
Warmer weather—and mosquitoes—are right around the corner and soon, much of the U.S. will be fighting the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. With a slew of products available—from wearable devices to sonic repellents, citronella candles, and more—what's the most effective way to prevent mosquitoes from biting?
According to a new study, spray on repellents that contain DEET or PMD offer the best protection, by far. Researchers tested five wearable devices, one candle, and five insect sprays. Other than one wearable device—OFF!® Clip-On—the other non-sprays tested were largely ineffective in repelling Aedes aegypti mosquitoes—those responsible for transmitting Zika.
There is still much to learn about the effects of Zika infection—which can be devastating, especially when the virus is contracted before birth. Reducing the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus—by preventing mosquito bites—is an important public health concern.
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