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How can I prevent the spread of Zika virus?

To prevent the spread of Zika virus the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who could have been exposed to Zika–they come back from a trip and either have a mosquito bite or classic symptoms–stay indoors and avoid crowded outdoor settings and mosquito-laden areas for about three weeks.

While most of the time, the virus is at its peak levels in the blood for about one week, it's better if you just stay indoors with good screens or air conditioning, and wear mosquito repellant and long sleeves if you must go out, for three weeks. If you’re a homeowner, avoid keeping standing water in areas around your house that could serve as breeding pools for mosquitos.

Since there’s no vaccine and no cure, being in a place where there are fewer mosquitos, wearing insect repellant and wearing the long clothes makes all the difference in the world if there’s potential risk.

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