How can you keep from getting Zika?

  • When traveling to areas that have Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses (such as dengue or chikungunya), try to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. The Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are usually most active in the early morning hours after daybreak, in the late afternoon before dark, and any time during the day when indoors or in shady areas. Make sure there are no holes in the screens on windows and doorways where you are staying.
  • Mosquito netting over beds may be helpful if you take naps during the early morning and evening hours or during the day when these mosquitoes are active.
  • Use mosquito repellents with 20-30% DEET and wear clothing that covers exposed skin, such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants, to reduce exposure to mosquito bites. Also wear shoes and socks when outdoors.
  • Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors; if possible, wear white or light-colored clothing when you are likely to be exposed to biting mosquitoes.