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IMPORTANT, Pls read - HOW TO BEAT THE ZIKA VIRUS
There are currently no vaccines for Zika. The only way is to prevent yourself from getting bitten. This quickly spreading mosquito-borne virus has been found to link to microcephaly in newborn babies and suspected Alzheimer's-like effect in adults. The number of confirmed cases in Singapore has risen to at least 115. Here is all you need to know about the virus and threat is poses.
As Zika worsens in Singapore, we need to step up in our efforts to keep our loved ones and selves protected. To avoid the disease, here are 6 crucial steps you must take.
1. Wear mosquito repellent, put repellent patches or wear wristbands - Use products below to help
2. Apply it correctly - Bug spray should be applied after sunscreen (otherwise your SPF may mask it). Don't wear repellent under clothes as it may just accumulate. Avoid spraying on cuts and wounds. Make sure to spritz your feet and ankles. The mosquito that carries the Zika virus, the Aedes variety, has a particular attraction to feet.
To protect a child, spray repellent on your hands before rubbing it into his or her skin. Avoid their eyes and mouth and use it sparingly around ears. For children, don't use repellent with 30% or higher concentration of DEET. Reapply as per product's instructions. Repellent should not be used on infants less than 2 months old (protect them with mosquito nettings).
3. Repel with your clothes - Wear long pants and long sleeves. Get extra protection with clothing containing permethrin, a synthetic insecticide, which is effective and safe for pregnant ladies and children. As Aedes mosquitoes have an appetite for your feet, stick to shoes and socks. This is not a good time for yoga pants as mosquitoes can easily bite through Spandex. Baggier clothes might offer your more protection. Wear light-coloured clothing as mosquitoes are thought to be attracted to darker colours.
4. Prep your home with the 5-step mozzie wipeout - The Aedes mosquitoes feed during the day and fly into houses for shade - living and reproducing very close to people. Just one tablespoon of water can serve as a mosquito breeding ground and produce up to 300 mosquitoes. The insects can breed in the bottom of glass or in a film of water next to the sink. Eliminate all water by turning cups, pails, flower pots, bottles upside down. You can also use mosquito coils and sprays to double up the protection. Temporary measures like fan can help blast mosquitoes away.
5. Exercise Indoors - Break a sweat inside. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat. Your body naturally emits both, but cranks it up when you work out. Stay in places with air conditioning, and use windows and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
6. Travel Smart - Avoid all affected areas. Check this list (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/) of affected countries with active Zika virus transmission. If you really have to travel to these places, stay in air-conditioned areas, sleep under bed nets and use repellent vigilantly.
7. Practice safe sex - Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners. Using Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex.
8. Be aware of symptoms - Fever, rash, headaches, red eyes, muscle and joint pain, pain behind the eyes. See a doctor if you experience these symptoms. But do note that only 1 in 5 people infected with the virus end up exhibiting symptoms, and if they do, they usually last between two and seven days. And the symptoms, which are mild to begin with, often don’t show up right away. In other words, if you traveled to a Zika-infected area, you might not become sick until after you return home.
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