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June 23, 2016: Campers Should Be Mindful of the Zika Virus Precautions

Jennifer Graham from Salt Lake City, Utah, reports “Children and teens who go to summer camps are particularly vulnerable because they spend so much time outdoors. “If you’ve got a kid in summer camp, they’re wearing shorts or they’re wearing swimsuits when they’re outside," ecologist Todd Livdahl of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, said.

“So what should campers be packing?

“The CDC’s guidelines for Zika prevention suggest wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and treating clothing and gear with permethrin, a type of insecticide that’s generally considered safe (unless you eat it).

“According to the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter Resource Center, you can treat clothes by either spraying them with permethrin, or soaking them. You can also buy clothes that are already treated, which the Environmental Protection Agency deems safe, even for pregnant and nursing women.

“Otherwise, campers should bring insect repellent that contains either DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol, all ingredients approved by the EPA.”

Source: Deseret News

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