Monday, June 20, 2016
Traveling Abroad and Worried About the Zika Virus?
Many people will be setting off to travel abroad over the summer, but this year those trips come with a side of fear of the Zika virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Zika virus is found in parts of Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Those traveling abroad can help reduce the risks of getting the virus by taking effective mosquito repellent along. Choosing the right insect repellent is crucial in helping avoid getting the Zika virus and bringing it back to the United States (something the CDC reports is expected to increase).
“Most people traveling abroad are not thinking about mosquito repellent, but they really should be,” explained Manny Castro, co-founder of Zika Shield, a company that makes all natural mosquito repellent products. “There’s no accounting for what types of repellent will be available where you are going, or if they are safe.
Zika, according to the CDC, is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes. The most common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Additionally, the CDC reports that there is a scientific consensus that Zika virus can also cause microcephaly, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and other severe fetal brain defects. The best line of defense against preventing Zika is to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes that carry the virus. Here are a few tips when it comes to packing the right mosquito repellent when traveling abroad:
- Know your size.The Transportation Security Administration allows aerosols in 3.4 ounce size or less to be put into one’s carry-on bag. Be sure that if you buy a spray that it doesn’t exceed that size if you plan to put it in your carry-on baggage.
- Check ingredients.Not just any mosquito repellent will be effective at preventing mosquito bites from those carrying the Zika virus. One of the natural ingredients that the CDC recommends using is oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), which is effective at repelling mosquitos.
- Go plant-based. Opt for a mosquito repellent that is plant-based and doesn’t have toxic ingredients. Non-toxic mosquito repellent helps people protect their health even more.
“Taking the time to pack the right mosquito repellent when traveling abroad can save you the misery of being sick,” added Castro. “We have developed an effective and easy-to-use repellent against insect-carrying diseases. It’s easily portable, meets TSA regulations, and contains one of the CDC recommended plant based ingredients. Everyone traveling abroad should have it with them!”
Many people will be traveling to Brazil for the 2016 summer Olympics, among other places. To see the countries with Zika virus risks, visit the site: https://zikashield.com/pages/travel.
Zika Shield offers the number one mosquito repellent that is made from all natural ingredients and is non-toxic. Offering both mosquito repellent bands and spray, the products contains oil of lemon eucalyptus, which is the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the CDC as an effective way to help protect against mosquito bites. The repellent bands offer 72 hours of continuous protection from mosquitoes, while the spray offers six hours of protection each time it’s used. The all natural mosquito repellent bands and spray can be purchased online with free shipping. The company stands behind their product and offers a 100 percent money back guarantee. To learn more about Zika Shield, visit the site here: https://zikashield.com.
About Zika Shield: Based in New York, Zika Shield was created by Manny Castro and Ryan Manfred. Their mission is to provide people with easy-to-use products that effectively repel mosquitoes to avoid insect carrying diseases. Their products, both repellent bands and spray, are all natural, plant-based and non toxic.