Zika virus: insect repellent tips for pregnant mums and newborns

Mosquito repellents are an important feature in the fight against Zika. But which one to choose? And what is the best way to apply it?

Pharmacists here recommend products containing Deet, a chemical compound with a proven safety track record, which has been used for decades.

It is highly effective against mosquitoes and also biting flies, fleas and ticks.

Most repellents pose few side effects if used according to instructions, said Ms Clara Lin, a pharmacist with Watsons Singapore.

A newer compound, picaridin, has been found to be as effective as Deet in protecting against mosquitoes.

Generally, when these are used as directed, they have proven to be safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women, said Ms Zoe Kong, principal pharmacist at National University Hospital.


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