A Pension-led funding client has key advice for anyone travelling to areas worst-hit by the Zika virus as health organisations across the globe continue to monitor the spread of the mosquito-transmitted disease.
Howard Carter asks the question is it really possible to protect again the Zika virus?
“The answer is yes,” he said in his latest blog. “No bites = no Zika (or any other mosquito borne disease).”
Howard’s company incognito® makes DEET-free natural insect repellents as part of an internationally-renowned range of eco-friendly products.
He is well placed to talk about the risks of mosquito-transmitted diseases having suffered a severe bout of malaria while in India, an experience which convinced him to do something and start his own company.
“Zika is not going to go away anytime soon, in fact Zika will increase, almost certainly to spread throughout most of America and Asia,” he said.
“The Zika virus is spread via mosquito bites and is carried by daytime biting mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito), both these species are in around half the countries in the world.”
But you can prepare yourself if, for example, you are travelling to the Rio Olympics. Brazil is currently at the centre of the Zika crisis.
Howard offers a C.L.O.A.K. of protection by highlighting a series of important steps.
C – Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing. Always sleep under an impregnated mosquito net; preferably a long lasting one.
L – Light coloured clothing is best. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours and can easily bite through tropical clothes.
O – Odours, bodily or otherwise, like perfume, scented soaps and shampoos attract mosquitoes. So don’t use them. Wash with citrusy, repellent products and exfoliate with a loofah; especially if you are a mosquito magnet.
A – Apply an effective mosquito repellent. Reapply when necessary and if used correctly from dawn you should not get bitten.
K – Keep away from stagnant water if you can avoid it.
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You can read Howard’s full blog, the facts about Zika, here