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Factbox: Prevent the Spread of Zika

The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites and there are no vaccines to prevent the spread and no drugs to treat those affected.

If you are traveling to countries where the Zika virus is found, take the following precautions:

*Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

*Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

*Sleep under a mosquito bed net to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellents.

*Always follow the product label instructions.

*Reapply insect repellent, as directed.

*Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.

*If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.

If you have a baby or child:

*Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than two months of age.

*Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or

*Cover crib, stroller and baby carrier with mosquito netting.

*Do not apply insect repellent onto a child's hands, eyes, mouth, or cut/ irritated skin.

*Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to child's face.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention