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4 Tips to Prevent Zika Virus

My Doctor Finder
July 21, 2017

As the Zika virus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, the Department of Health (DOH) never fails to announce immediate precautions to prevent acquiring the disease. Its effort to address the public to remember and use the "4S" against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. The acronym "4S" encompasses the following guidelines:

S – Search and destroy mosquito breeding places

  • Cover the drums, pails, and other waste containers at all times
  • Clean and replace the water in flower vases once a week
  • Cover the holes around the house with soil or sand
  • Remove or pierce old tires that are being used as roof supports, also those tires placed around the house that might hold water
  • Flip-over empty bottles, jars, tin cans and other items that can collect and hold water
  • Clean and remove water on dish racks and other household items that can hold water

S – Use self-protection measures

  • Use mosquito repellants to avoid mosquito bites
  • Use mosquito nets when sleeping at daytime
  • Wear long sleeves or clothes that will protect your skin from mosquito bites

S – Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days

  • Seek and consult with the nearest health facility if you already have fever for two days

S – Say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak

  • Fogging should be done when there is an impending and during outbreaks

Reference:

Department of Health. How is Zika, Chikungunya & Dengue infection prevented? Retrieved from http://www.doh.gov.ph/sites/default/files/basic-page/infographics_zika_chikungunya_dengue.pdf.