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CDC urges people to take precautions against Zika with prevention kits

If you live in a state or area with the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus and are concerned about Zika, the Centers for Disease Control encourages you to build your own Zika Prevention Kit with the items below. Reducing the risk for Zika is particularly important for pregnant women.

Your kit should include:

Bed Net

A bed net used to cover your sleeping area

Keep mosquitoes out of your room, day and night. If your room is not well screened, use a bed net when sleeping or resting.  Mosquitoes can live indoors and will bite at any time, day or night.

Water treatment discs

Standing water treatment tabs

Use water treatment tabs to kill larvae in standing water around your house. Do not put them in water you drink. Always follow directions on the package. When used as directed, these tabs will not harm you or your pets (dogs and cats).
Insect RepellentInsect repellent

Insect repellent will help keep mosquitoes from biting you. Always follow directions on the package. Use only an EPA-registered insect repellent. Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing. If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Permethrin spray

Permethrin spray

Spray your clothing and gear with permethrin to help protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Always follow the directions on the bottle. Reapply as directed. Do not spray permethrin on your skin.

Condoms

Condoms

During sex, it is possible to get Zika virus from a person who has Zika. If you have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a partner who may have been exposed to Zika, you should use condoms the right way every time. Follow directions on the box.  Condoms can also help prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Learn how to protect during sex and use condoms correctly. See Condom Dos and Don’ts: English   Spanish