Zika repellant? Not so fast!

Zika Virus

With the Zika virus in the forefront of the news from the aftermath of the Rio Summer Olympics to confirmed cases in Alabama, scammers are exploiting these headlines to defraud consumers.

Certain over-the-counter products are being advertised as a repellent or even cure for the Zika virus, but this claim is blatantly false. Whether a supplement, sticker, wristband, or patch, there is no clinically proven “natural” cure or repellent for this disease.

Both the EPA and CDC urge consumers to use caution when using mosquito repellents. For more information on this and travel tips related to the Zika virus go to: Using Repellent Products to Protect against Mosquito-Borne Illnesses at EPA.org and Zika Virus: Plan for Travel at CDC.org.

Before taking an OTC supplement of any kind, consider the following supplement safety tips:

  • Consult your doctor before starting any medication including OTC supplements.
  • Be cautious of dangerous interactions, when taking supplement along with prescribed medication.
  • No one pill is going to cure all medical conditions.
  • Be skeptical of product testimonials. Base your selection on guidelines from the FDA and other regulatory agencies with a focus on health safety for consumers.
  • Do you know exactly what is in a supplement? If the ingredients are not clearly listed on the bottle or product description your health could be at risk.

Source: What’s-Really-in-Your-Dietary-Supplement?

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