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Zika virus can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Studies are still being performed to learn more about how mothers can pass the virus to their babies. There have also been several reported cases of Zika virus infection through sexual contact, and possibly blood transfusions.
Zika could be introduced in Arizona if someone was infected with Zika virus while traveling, and then bitten by a mosquito in Arizona during the first few days of illness. This infected mosquito could then spread the disease to other people. Although this is possible, local transmission of Zika virus or other diseases transmitted by the same mosquito has not occurred in Arizona. Zika virus transmission could also occur in Arizona through sexual contact.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.Stay in places with window and door screens or air conditioning to keep mosquitoes out.Use insect repellants and always follow the product instructions.Reapply insect repellant as directed.Do not spray insect repellant on skin covered by clothing.Be sure to apply sunscreen before applying insect repellant.Use Permethrin to treat clothing and gear. Permethrin is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an insecticide for use against mosquitoes, as well many other insects. Clothing treated with Permethrin will remain protective after multiple washes.
If you have a baby or young child:
Do not use insect repellant on babies younger than two months old.Dress your children in clothing that covers their arms and legs.Cover cribs, strollers, and baby carriers with mosquito netting.Do not put insect repellant on children’s hands, eyes, mouths, cuts, or irritated skin.Adults: Spray repellant onto your hands and then apply to children’s faces.