For now, Dr. Chang says prevention is key.
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“DEET works better than other insect repellants for mosquitoes and can prevent transmission of the CHIKV and Zika viruses,” Dr. Chang says. “Patients traveling to a hot, humid area where infection cases have been reported should be encouraged to use DEET over their sunscreen as a precaution.”
Linda Childers is a health writer located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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