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  • 1,000 US women positive for Zika

    While over 1,000 pregnant women have been diagnosed and having Zika virus in the US and US territories, this is still considered to be extremely rare - there's a lot of worry and hype, but as of yet, it is not a gret concern - although the CDC is recommending that all pregnant women get tested and follow precautions to avoid contracting the virus. Zika shows few, if any symptoms so medical diagnosis is the only way to assure a pregnant women does not have Zika. While there is no "cure" and treatments are symptimatic and paliative, early diagnosis is important as Zika can lead to parlysis and birth defects. Zika and Pregnancy

    When present, symptoms are mild and last less than a week. They include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

    More on Zika: Zika NewsZika PreventionZika – Facts and Prevention

    Download the PDF:Zika-PDF

  • Zika Webinar

    In case you missed the FREE webinar Zika Virus – Implications for Pregnant Women on July 29th, The American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting a Zika Webinar today with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)...

    zika-virusWebinar:            Preparing for Zika Transmission in the U.S.
    Date:                    Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
    Time:                   7–8 p.m. EDT
    Sign up:               Pre-register (at no cost) and view more details at

    Help ensure that you are prepared for Zika transmission. Please join CDC speakers Susan Hills, MBBS, MTH, and Kiran Perkins, MD, MPH, as they present…

    • The epidemiological and clinical aspects of the current Zika outbreak
    • Implications for pregnant women
    • CDC’s updated clinical guidance

    A question and answer session will follow.

    To prepare for the webinar, you may want to read these:

    ?    Zika News
    ?    More on Zika
    ?    Zika – Facts and Prevention
    ?    Mosquito Control: You Have Options
    ?    Zika Prevention – Good Morning America Features Natrapel
    ?    Zika and Pregnancy
    ?    Zika Virus Facts, Information, Prevention and Protection

  • Zika in the USA: Not Travel Related???

    Uh Oh:

    CDC assisting Utah investigation of Zika virus infection apparently not linked to travel

    insectrepellents-animatedCDC is assisting in the investigation of a case of Zika in a Utah resident who is a family contact of the elderly Utah resident who died in late June. The deceased patient had traveled to an area with Zika and lab tests showed he had uniquely high amounts of virus—more than 100,000 times higher than seen in other samples of infected people—in his blood.  Laboratories in Utah and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported evidence of Zika infection in both Utah residents.

    State and local public health disease control specialists, along with CDC, are investigating how the second resident became infected.  The investigation includes additional interviews with and laboratory testing of family members and health care workers who may have had contact with the person who died and trapping mosquitoes and assessing the risk of local spread by mosquitoes.Zika

    A CDC Emergency Response Team (CERT)  is in Utah at the request of the Utah Department of Health.  The team includes experts in infection control, virology, mosquito control, disease investigation, and health communications.

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  • Zika News

    With the Olympics coming up in Zika embattled Brasil (or Brazil if you prefer), minds turn to safety both there, and here at home - how may this affect the spread of Zika?

    The National Institutes for Health (NIH) are funding a Zika virus study involving U.S. Olympic team, wherein researchers will monitor potential infections among group of U.S. athletes traveling to Brazil.

    CDC Models Risk of Zika Virus Importation Resulting from Travel to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

    According to the Brazilian Tourism Board, approximately 350,000 – 500,000 international visitors and athletes from 207 countries are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Games). This travel volume represents a very small fraction – less than 0.25% – of the total estimated 2015 travel volume to Zika-affected countries. Visitors to the Games are expected to have a low probability of mosquito-borne Zika infections because the Games will occur during the winter season in Rio de Janeiro (August 5-21 and September 7-18, respectively) when the cooler and drier weather typically reduces mosquito populations. CDC conducted a risk analysis to predict those countries at risk for Zika virus importation exclusively attributable to the Games.

    Key Points:

    • Whereas all countries are at risk for travel-associated exportation of Zika virus, CDC estimated Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Yemen as having unique risk attributable to their travel for the Games.
    • These four countries do not have substantial travel to any country with local Zika virus transmission, except for their participation in the Games, and have environmental conditions and population susceptibility to sustain mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus.
    • Prevention recommendations for athletes and all other visitors to the Games include that:
      • Pregnant women should not travel to the Games.
      • All visitors should take steps to prevent mosquito bites, both during travel and for 3 weeks after returning home.
      • All visitors should take measures to prevent sexual transmission.

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    Protect Moms to Be! Protect Moms to Be!

    Other efforts include U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency urging the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to consider aerial spraying as part of integrated mosquito control program to reduce Zika-associated birth defects, as well as CDC focus on protecting pregnant women:

    Are you pregnant? Here’s what you can do to protect yourself if you don’t currently live in an area with Zika.

    1. Avoid travel to an area with Zika.
    2. Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
    3. Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex.
    4. See a doctor or other healthcare provider

    Learn more at CDC

  • Zika Prevention - Good Morning America Features Natrapel

    We have shared various updates on Zika in the US, including Zika – Facts and PreventionZika and Pregnancy and of course, with all 503 current US Zika cases being travel-related, Travel Safety. Now Good Morning America recommended our Natrapel Products for Zika Prevention!Natrapel-GoodMorningAmerica

    Also read More on Zika & When do you apply insect repellent?


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  • More on Zika

    We have shared Zika – Facts and Prevention as well as some information on Zika and Pregnancy, but did you know that:

    • Zika is linked to cases of microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby’s head is much smaller than expected, often from abnormal brain development.
    • To protect their pregnancies, pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.

    Now you can use CDC’s Zika Communication Planning Guide for States to prepare a communication plan and raise awareness about Zika virus.

    Learn more about Zika Virus.


  • Zika and Pregnancy

    We've shared information about the Zika Virus in general, and have a page dedicated to Zika Facts and Information for all to understand this virus, risks, and learn about Zika Prevention and get updates.

    What about ZIka and Pregnant Women?

    pregnancy-buttonIt is very important the pregnant women (or women that may become pregnant) know first that ZIka can be spread sexually, and secondly that Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and has been linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly in babies of mothers who had Zika virus while pregnant.

    Some other problems have been detected among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth as well, including poorly developed or completely absent brain structures, underdeveloped hearing, eye malformation, and stunted growth.

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends special precautions for pregnant women.

    ? Women who are pregnant should not travel to areas with Zika.

    ? If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.

    What CDC & Who recommend:

    ? Use condoms during intercourse

    ? Use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites

    ? Treat your clothing with special spray designed to kill mosquitoes before they reach your skin.




  • Zika - Facts and Prevention

    Is Zika Virus a threat in the US? Yes. Is it a pandemic, or of emergency proportions? No. Not at this time.

    MosquitoWhile the WHO (World Health Organization did declare the Zika virus to be a global health emergency, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) say that it is not a serious threat in the USA... yet.

    While the mosquitoes that spread the disease do exist in the US, the virus is not yet prevalent enough to consider it a likely risk, and certainly not yet anything approaching pandemic proportions. The CDC explains that Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

    • These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases.  They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people.
      • Mosquitoes that spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
    • Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

    Also (rarely) from mother to child

    • A mother already infected with Zika virus near the time of delivery can pass on the virus to her newborn around the time of birth, but this is rare.
    • It is possible that Zika virus could be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy. We are studying how some mothers can pass the virus to their babies.
    • To date, there are no reports of infants getting Zika virus through breastfeeding. Because of the benefits of breastfeeding, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed even in areas where Zika virus is found.

    Sometimes through infected blood or sexual contact

    • Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact have been reported.


    ~ No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
    ~ Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites (see below).
    ~ Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
    ~ Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

    So why is everyone talking about Zika Virus?

    There have been over 50 reported Zika cases in the US thus far - but they are all travel related.

    Ben's Clothing & Gear Insect Repellent (Permethrin) Ben's Clothing & Gear Insect Repellent (Permethrin)

    If traveling to a an area where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found (or if you are pregnant and concerned that you might be near someone who has traveled to one of these areas and could be infected) take these precautions recommended by the CDC:

    • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
      • 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 2 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, and cut or irritated skin.
      • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
    • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
      • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
      • Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.


    • 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 if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

    Areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus

    • Zika-MapPrior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
    • In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil.
    • Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries.
    • Zika virus will continue to spread and it will be difficult to determine how and where the virus will spread over time.

    About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).

    The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.

    The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

    People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

    Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people.

    There is no vaccine to prevent or specific medicine to treat Zika infections.

    Treat the symptoms:

    1. Get plenty of rest.
    2. Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
    3. Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to relieve fever and pain.
    4. Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
    5. If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

    If you have Zika, prevent mosquito bites for the first week of your illness. See Ben’s Outdoor – with DEET

    During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites.

    An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

    More detailed information can be found on CDC’s Zika virus web page for healthcare providers

  • Ben's Outdoor - with DEET

    bens-outdoor-deet-permethrinBen’s was started by a gentleman named Mark Mowatt out of Maine. He had previously worked for the company that sold and distributed the Muskol brand insect repellent.  He felt that he could better market and promote the product on his own, so he created a new brand and named it after his son Ben.

    Mark started with a 100% DEET re-packaged into a bright orange bottle and marketed it throughout New England, starting in Maine and growing the brand from there.  Tender Corporation was already in the insect bite treatment market and struck up many conversations with Mark at a variety of trade shows.  Through these conversations Mark discovered it made a great deal of sense to sell the brand to Tender Corporation and concentrate on other areas of the business.

    Ben’s was purchased by Tender Corporation in April of 1987 and extended the brand into a Ben’s Wilderness formula (30% DEET) and backyard Formula (20% DEET).  The mid 90’s brought forth a new formulation with the incorporation of their Turco machine (bag on valve technology). They were one of only three companies to use this technology in manufacturing.   This allowed Tender Corporation to take out alcohol and propellant, leaving 100% repellent in our product lines.  They continued on with Ben’s Wilderness and Ben’s Backyard formulas.  Looking at the differentiation and the fact that there was not many costing points between the 20% and 30% they decided to drop the 20% and focus the brand on the higher end DEET messaging, from 100% down to the 30%. 0006-7070

    DEET has been the most tested chemical by the EPA over the last 60-70 years.  There have been no health issues related to the use of DEET that were not intentional by the end user.  It is a very safe and effective active ingredient for repellents. Tender Corporation has continued to enhance the packaging and messaging while sticking with the bright orange coloring in a variety of sizes in pump sprays, continuous spray and wipes in the Ben’s 30% to handle the variety of needs the marketplace has.

    Ben's® Outdoor

    Ben's Products - Deet & Permethrin Based Insect Repellents: Ben's Deet repellents - offering protection from insects that may carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus (WNV), malaria and other infectious diseases. Don't be afraid or bothered to be outside with Ben's Deet repellant's. Providing protection for up to 8-10 hours, Ben's products will help you relax and enjoy your outdoor outings without the worry or annoyance of bugs!

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