Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Insect Repellent to Use in an Age of the Zika Virus

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Insect Repellent to Use in an Age of the Zika Virus

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Since emerging in Brazil in early 2015, the Zika virus has now spread to more than 40 countries in the Western Hemisphere. It's a troubling and widespread global outbreak -- and it's the first of its kind.

If you live on the mainland United States, health officials say you probably don't need to panic. But you should still be alert to the threat and take some extra precautions this summer, according to Consumer Reports.

The Best Repellents

Consumer Reports tested products to see which work best against the Aedes mosquitoes that spread Zika as well as against Culex mosquitoes, which spread West Nile, and the ticks that carry Lyme. Here's what its testers found:

Consumer Reports looked at 16 repellents with a range of active ingredients, including conventional chemicals like deet, synthetic plantlike compounds that resemble those found in nature and plant oils like citronella and rosemary. …

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