Zika virus has reached homes in Pune, lovers should maintain distance or else closeness will make the body a sieve

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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After the corona pandemic, such infections are coming to the fore that a different kind of fear is being seen among the people. You have been hearing about the Zika virus for a long time, that too in foreign countries, but now this infection has come to India as well. Yes, two days ago, 3 new cases of Zika virus have been reported in Maharashtra and these cases have been seen in Pune, that is, a total of 12 cases have been reported so far.

Let us tell you, this virus first spread in Uganda in 1947, which has now reached many countries of the world. Let us tell you, the disease caused by this virus is spreading due to mosquito bites. This may sound like a simple thing to you, but this mosquito is so dangerous that it is even causing people's death. If you are going to visit Pune or are reaching there for some work, then there are some travel tips that you must keep in mind. (All photo courtesy: pexels.com)

Insect repellent

If you are looking for a mosquito repellent that stays on the skin for a long time, then you should buy products that contain ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or Lemon Eucalyptus Oil and Para-Menthane-Diol. All these ingredients together will keep mosquitoes and insects away from you! So whenever you go somewhere, keep insect repellent in your bag.

Keep yourself covered

Take full care of your safety, and keep yourself covered. Cover yourself as much as possible. Whenever the weather is rainy, wear full-sleeved shirts and full-length pants. To avoid insects, spray permethrin on your clothes or directly buy clothes that are already treated with permethrin. At the same time, also keep in mind that the mosquito that spreads Zika, known as the Aedes aegypti mosquito, does not bite only at night, it can also bite you during the day, especially in the early morning and evening.

Pregnant women should get tested after traveling

Pregnant women should get tested after traveling

It is especially important for pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant to talk to their doctor at such times and get information about the latest guidelines from the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other serious brain-related birth defects.

Adopt mosquito repellent methods

Adopt mosquito repellent methods

Follow these simple tips to reduce mosquitoes indoors and outdoors! Empty out any water stored in containers such as pots, buckets and tyres – even something as small as a bottle cap can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Use air conditioning whenever possible and install screens or repair windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house. Do not leave doors open.

Move around with caution

Move around with caution

As we all know, the travel season is here! But travel with caution. First, find out if the place you are going to has Zika virus. If yes, then if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it is better to cancel or postpone the trip. If you are going to such a place, take as many precautions as you can.

Maintain distance from your partner

Maintain distance from your partner

If you have been infected with the Zika virus, you should keep a distance from your partner for about three months or use a condom. If you are returning from a Zika-infected place, do not have physical relations with your partner, even if symptoms are not visible. Doing this for about three months will keep you safe


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