Don’t Get Swarmed by Deceptive Zika-Prevention Claims

August 8th, 2016

Heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic games? Or planning to watch them from your backyard patio? Better stock up on mosquito repellant. There’s certainly a swarm of products to choose from, ranging from bracelets to patches to wristbands to sprays. But health officials are warning consumers about marketers who are making deceptive claims that their products can protect, prevent or even cure the Zika virus though the ingredients and technology have not been proven effective.

Zika Virus Product Claims List

If you want to protect yourself, look for EPA-registered insect repellents containing at least one of the following ingredients: DEET, Picaridin — which is also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel and icaridin — IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and Para-Menthane-Diol

Click here for more of’s coverage of insect repellents.

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