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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

  • Mosquito Control: You Have Options

    With all the news on Zika, we have sheared a lot on how to Prevent Mosquito Bites.

    It is important o stay up to date on Zika and Mosquitoes... Zika NewsZika and PregnancyMore on Zika - but most important - think of how you can keep mosquitoes away - not just from biting, but AWAY.

    Here are some tips from the CDC:

    a human hand pointing to the instructions on a can of insect repellentProtect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

    Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    A chart showing examples of insect repellents broken down by active ingredients and product brands that contain those ingredients. The first active ingredient listed is DEET. Some examples of brand name products containing DEET are OFF, Cutter, Sawyer, and Ultrathon. The second active ingredient listed is Picaridin, also know as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icardin. Some examples of brand name products containing Picaridin are Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan, which is found outside the United States. The third active ingredient listed is Oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. An example of a brand name product containing Oil of lemon eucalyptus is Repel. The fourth and final active ingredient listed is IR3535. Some examples of brand name products containing IR3535 are Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.* Insect repellent brand names are provided for your information only. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cannot recommend or endorse any name brand products.

    Tips for Everyone

    • 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 first and insect repellent second.

    Tips for Babies & Children

    an adult male applying insect repellent to a child's face

    • Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • 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.
    • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.

    Natural insect repellents (repellents not registered with EPA)

    • We do not know the effectiveness of non-EPA registered insect repellents, including some natural repellents.
    • To protect yourself against diseases like chikungunya, dengue, and Zika, CDC and EPA recommend using an EPA-registered insect repellent.
    • Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness.
    • Visit the EPA website to learn more.

    a babies crib covered by a mosquito net

    2. Protect your baby or child

    • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
    • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.

    a bottle of insect repellent shown spraying clothing

    3. Treat clothing and gear

    • Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
      • Permethrin-treated clothing will protect you after multiple washings. See product information to find out how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions.
      • Do not use permethrin products directly on skin.

    a mosquito protected house

    4. Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home

    • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Use air conditioning when available.
    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
  • FREE webinar today: Zika Virus - Implications for Pregnant Women

    Help ensure you are prepared to handle Zika! Join featured speaker, CDC medical epidemiologist Evelyn Rodriguez, MD, MPH, MBA, as she

    • Evelyn RodriguezLists the ways pregnant women can become infected with the Zika virus.
    • Describes CDC recommendations for testing pregnant women with possible exposure.
    • Describes CDC recommendations for testing of couples who are interested in conceiving and who live in an area with Zika.
    • Describes the implications of Zika virus infection.
    • Identifies the cases that meet criteria for inclusion in the US Zika Pregnancy Registry.

    CE is available! There are no fees for CE.

    Webinar:      Zika Virus - Implications for Pregnant Women

    Date:              Thursday, July 28th, 2016

    Time:             2–3 p.m. EDT

    Sign up:         Pre-register (at no cost) and view the detailed agenda at

    For the latest information from CDC on Zika virus visit:

    ?  Zika News
    ?  Zika in the USA: Not Travel Related???
    ?  Zika and Pregnancy
    ?  Zika – Facts and Prevention
    ?  More on Zika
    ?  Zika Prevention – Good Morning America Features Natrapel

  • Zika Tweet

    Time for some Zika updates, and an invitation to join the Zika Tweet tomorrow....

    ?   Zika News
    ?   More on Zika
    ?   Zika and Pregnancy
    ?   Zika – Facts and Prevention
    ?   Zika in the USA: Not Travel Related???
    ?   Zika Prevention – Good Morning America Features Natrapel

    CDC Issues Updated Zika Recommendations: Interim Guidance for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus; Interim Guidance for the prevention of sexually transmitted Zika virus

    CDC today issued updated guidance and information to prevent Zika virus transmission and health effects:

    • Updated interim guidance for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus; and
    • Updated interim guidance for the prevention of sexually transmitted Zika virus.

    CDC updates its interim guidance related to Zika virus transmission and related health effects based on the accumulating evidence, expert opinion, and knowledge about the risk associated with other viral infections. CDC will continue to update this guidance as new information becomes available.

    Read More>>

    Zika-TweetJoin CDC and Medscape for a Zika “Tweet Chat” designed for physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals. Ask questions and learn how to protect your patients, loved ones, and yourself.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Realities and Misconceptions
    • Olympics and Travel
    • Pregnant Women and Zika
    • Precautions
    • Atypical Symptoms
    • Testing

    Invite your colleagues and network using #ZikaMedChat for the chat on Wednesday, July 27, from 7-8 pm ET!

  • 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.

    Read More>>

  • 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.

    Learn More>>


    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    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?


    Image of Natrapel 8-hour 3.4oz Pump, Natrapel® 8-hour 6oz Continuous Spray, and Natrapel 8-hour Wipes 12/box.Natrapel® Products: Natrapel Deet-Free Insect Repellent with Picardin - Effective, DEET-free protection from mosquitoes, black flies, ticks and more. Natrapel 8 Hour - Deet-Free Tick and Insect Repellent Proven to Last Up to 8 Hours!

    Natrapel 8 hour wipes, pump, and continuous spray! For long-lasting DEET-Free relief from insects


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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.


  • When do you apply insect repellent?

    When do most people think of applying Insect Repellent? When they get bitten! (As in "Ouch! Dang! I'm getting bitten. I need to put on my insect repellent...)

    So what does this mean?

    It means you should have insect sting relief products for after a bite or sting as well as repellent!

    Insect Repellent & Sting Relief

    insectrepellents-animatedInsect Repellent & Relief for avoiding biting and stinging pests and first aid treatment if they get you!

    Insect Sting Relief Pads & After Bite®. We offer several bite and sting relief first aid treatments for people with and without allergies to bee and wasp stings. Bite Relief for Ants, Chiggers, and more in Applicators & Sting Relief Towelettes. We even offer cool new After Bite for Kids! Don't scratch and whine... Treat Insect Bites and get on with your day!

    Ben's DEET, Natrapel DEET-Free & BugX Insect Repellents + After Bite Relief & Sting Pads! Bug Bite Treatment & Insect Sting Relief

    When do most people think about applying Insect Repellent? AFTER they've been bitten! Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting Relief as well as Bug Repellent! Insect Repellant & Bug Repellent Pumps and continuous spray. Wasp & Hornet Spray, Bite Relief with Applicator & Repellent Towelettes / Wipes. Protect from Asian Tiger Mosquito, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile and more.

    ALSO SEE: Anti-Itch Cream, Itch Cream & Cleanser , Insect Repellents & Poison Ivy Block NEW! Read about First Aid for Bites & Stings!

    ? The CDC recommends avoiding Mosquito bites as the best solution available at present for Zika Prevention as well as the Dengue problem. Read more about Dengue from CDC & WHO

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