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The Zika virus has been all over the news the last few years. Spread mostly by mosquitos, dangerous birth defects can happen to children if women contract the disease when they are pregnant.
Once declared an international public health emergency, pregnant women were being advised not to travel to places that are reported to have outbreaks.
Presently, there is no vaccine or cure for the Zika virus, so the fact that Consumer Reports has released this sensitive data is a blessing for the population, worldwide. According to the CDC, pregnant women and children over 2 years of age can use most insect repellants. The CDC website states, “When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.”
I checked each product and manufacturer website; I was able to confirm that the five listed below are registered with the EPA.
Even if you don’t think you’re at risk for the Zika virus, you may know someone that gets attacked by mosquitoes every season (like me). These five repellents may help decrease the number of bites and welts this year. Ratings are based on effectiveness against Aedes mosquitoes.
Not a fan of sprays? Consider trying a ThermaCell.
1. Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Premium Insect Repellent
Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Premium Insect Repellent, $8.51 and up
2. Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent VIII
3. Natrapel® 8 hour Repellent
Natrapel® 8 hour Repellent, $10.58
4. REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent
5. REPEL 15-Percent Deet Scented Family Formula Aerosol Spray
Photo by Håkan Dahlström
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