Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus

Most of our readers are outdoorsy-types, working in the garage, shop or yard. And here in Florida, where mosquitos are abundant, the Zika virus is all the rage.

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. Zika is not airborne or contagious, but there has been at least one confirmed case (as of 2016) of the virus being spread through sexual transmission. Zika can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.

There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Prevention, however, is possible through a combination of common sense and certain mosquito repellents.

Here are some graphics we’ve sourced to help you understand and prevent the Zika virus:

Zika Virus Infographic (2016)

Zika Virus Mosquito Bite Prevention (CDC) Zika Virus Mosquito Bite Prevention (CDC)

Forty-something years later, Chad still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Chad has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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