The Zika virus — which is especially dangerous for pregnant women — has been identified in at least 35 countries or territories in the Americas. Additionally, there have been more than 350 travel-related cases reported in the United States.
Now that summer is here, inevitably so are mosquitoes, so it’s important that you protect yourself from bites as best you can to keep Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases at bay.
"There are many mosquito-borne or tick illnesses, including several viruses that cause encephalitis, West Nile and Lyme disease, that Americans can't forget about and must protect themselves from this summer," said Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Taking protective measures when going outside is the best way to stay safe."
The American College of Emergency Physicians has outlined some preventative steps you can take this summer to avoid getting bitten.
As always, take precautions and go to your doctor or the nearest emergency department to get checked out if you feel you have the symptoms of a medical emergency.
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