Thursday, the US Congress authorized $1.1-B to fight Zika, with the virus threatening the US.
Nevertheless, pregnant women still face the choice to cover themselves with chemically-laden bug repellent or risk catching the virus, which can cause microcephaly and other heartbreaking brain defects in newborns.
Zika is primarily spread through bites from mosquitoes, but it can also be transmitted through sex. That means the partners of Mothers-to-be have to protect themselves as well.
Adding to the questions is the fact that pregnant women are 2X as likely to attract mosquitoes as others, due to slightly elevated body temperature and CO2 (carbon dioxide) in exhaled breath.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using bug repellents that contain chemicals, the most common one being DEET. When used as directed, DEET is widely considered to be safe and effective, even for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.
DEET has been around for more than 50 years, and some 200-M people use it globally annually. Still, studies about the effects of this chemical on pregnant women and their fetuses are few and far between.
And there is even less research on its use by women in the 1st trimester of pregnancy, when birth defects most commonly develop. And some research suggests more studies are needed to determine conclusively that it is safe for everyone.
French researcher Vincent Corbel found that, in studies of animals and insects, DEET “inhibits the activity of a Key central nervous system enzyme, acetylcholinesterase.”
Research at Duke University Medical Center suggests that prolonged exposure to DEET may impair brain function, possibly affecting muscle coordination, memory, and cognition.
Thankfully, DEET and its chemical cousins are not the only options, when it comes to protecting yourself from Zika.
So, fight Zika Smart without toxic chemicals, that is Smart!
Charles Murray, CEO of Penta5 USA based in Sarasota, FL, says, “Always available is our All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite Lotion and I guess for public awareness that something is being done, the authorities have decided to use a chemical solution for the environment, hopefully on a short term basis. People don’t like chemicals and for sure bees and other insect life will be wiped out in that area.”
“Suggesting that all visitors and anyone threatened by mosquitoes use ANYTIME no-bite Lotion, packed in an easy to carry anywhere VialPaQ™ developed in Florida would appear to be a “no brainer”. Arrive off the plane or cruise liner get a VialPaQ for the number of days in Florida. Check into a hotel get a VialPaQ for each day. Have these available at schools in the risk areas. Have them at all woman’s clinics and social security offices etc. This is taking a lead, a strong home grown solution based on results from Florida’s university to fall back on and now the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine agrees with their no-bite results. All technical reports show the All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite solution is as good as the harmful chemical products used as a repellant by folks. Chemicals are not recommended for children and pets. So a risk area for our young ones.
The various leaders; Governor, Health, Agriculture and Tourism Departmental heads in Florida are not being heard in DC, where they appear to be dithering around with the Zika problem. I do feel the leadership team will miss the opportunity to allay tourist fears if they don’t do something soon.”
Mr. Murray recommends for pregnant woman, schools, hotels, airport and cruise lines that each individual be given a VialPaQ daily to ensure no-bites.
For more information go to: http://penta5usa.com/
Have a terrific weekend
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