Doctor offers advice to avoid Zika exposure

Posted at 10:55 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 12:20:04-04

As temperatures rise this summer, experts are advising people to take preventative measures against Zika virus.

There is concern the particular mosquito that carries the virus could come as far east as Downstate New York.

“When you’re outside during the summer, try and wear DEET, which is a type of preventative mosquito repellent, all over the open areas of your body,” said Dr. Millicent Trevett of Suburban Women’s Health Care.

While insect repellent is believed to be a good preventative measure, a pregnant woman might be apprehensive about lathering it on her body.  According to Dr. Trevett, the best way to avoid mosquitos in the heat and humidity is to cover up.

“Most importantly, try and cover your body from exposure.”

Reports of a third baby being born in the United States with Microcephaly is leading to heightened warnings and words of caution. 

According to the CDC, there have been 618 cases of Zika virus diagnosed in the US, all of which are related to travel.