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Zika Virus Update

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Zika Overview

Zika Virus: Latest updates, travel warnings and prevention tactics

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency.
  • Zika virus was first detected in Uganda in 1947.
  • The current outbreak and is now affecting people in all of the America’s with Brazil being the latest epicenter.
  • Zika Virus is causing concerns primarily in the country of Brazil where it has been linked to a rise in a phenomenon called microcephaly.
  • In the USA, the mosquito responsible for the transmission of the Zika virus is already prevalent in 30 states.
  • No locally transmitted Zika cases have been reported in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers in Puerto Rico, Illinois, Texas, and Florida.
  • One case of microcephaly has been linked to Zika and reported in Hawaii.
  • There is no vaccine for Zika and therefore, prevention of mosquito bites is paramount.
Insect Shield is effective protection against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes – transmitters of the Zika Virus
  • The Aedes mosquito, the main vector of the Zika virus (as well as Dengue fever, chikungunya and Yellow fever) may be one of the toughest mosquito species to battle.
  • Unlike the malaria mosquito, Anopheles, typically a night biter, Aedes bite during the day, rendering bed nets less effective.
  • Day use permethrin treated apparel and gear products are the best suited for protection from the day biting Aedes mosquito.
  • Aedes prefer to bite mainly people, flourish in breeding grounds near people, such as urban areas, making it a serious public health threat.
  • Breeding grounds are difficult to eliminate since this type of mosquito does not need much water.
Prevention tactics recommended by the CDC: Insect Shield® protection for your clothes:
Insect Shield Your Own Clothes

Brand Partners who sell Insect Shield clothing:
Insect Shield Online store

Travel Health Warnings
The CDC has issued travel health warnings for pregnant women considering travel to the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South America.

Insect Shield Global Health & Humanitarian Initiatives

Insect Shield has developed a number of tools to help in the battle against insect-borne disease in hopes of improving the health of people worldwide.

Insect Shield welcomes opportunities to assist agencies and international relief organizations that work to protect at-risk populations from insect-borne diseases.

Insect Shield Application Benefits for Global Health:
  • Can be applied to items such as clothing that do not require user-education or behavior modification.
  • Technology can be applied to products that pair well with other vector-borne disease prevention tools such as topical repellents and nets.
  • Technology effective against day and night time mosquitoes with no re-application required.
  • Insect Shield products can be used for the entire family. No restrictions for use.
  • Insect Shield products have an indefinite shelf life for good stockpiling opportunity.
  • No special handling procedures or protective equipment necessary.
Insect Shield is Active in Global Health Partnerships

World Vision Insect Shield/World Vision Partnership
Promise Pack Program: World Vision® incorporates the Insect Shield® Protection Blankets into their Promise Packs distributed to children living in extreme poverty in Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua. In addition to the Insect Shield blanket, the World Vision® Promise Packs are filled with school supplies and basic personal hygiene items that help children stay in school and stay healthy.
Gift Catalog: Insect Shield and World Vision are also working together on their Gift Catalog offer to help protect children in malaria risk areas with the Insect Shield blankets. Buy one Insect Shield Protection Blanket from World Vision and Insect Shield will place another in the hands of a child to help protect them from insect-borne diseases. For more information about World Vision visit,

Footsteps Missions Footsteps Mission
Insect Shield is responding to the current Zika health crisis by partnering with International relief organizations to make our technology available to those who need it most. In particular, a number of orphanages spanning the globe have expressed a need for the blankets in response to prevalence of Zika virus cases in their locations. Insect Shield is partnering with organizations such as the Footsteps Mission and others to provide protective blankets to help protect the women and children most at risk.

Medical Teams International Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International sends more than 200 volunteer teams each year to provide disaster relief and surgeries, as well as general medical and dental care for impoverished people worldwide. By working with local partners they aim to transform communities and improve the health of millions of people. Insect Shield is partnering with Medical Teams on their Gift Catalog offer to get Protection Blankets in the hands of vulnerable women and children in insect-borne disease risk areas.

Ministry of Hope Ministry of Hope Crisis Clinic - Malawi
Ministry of Hope was established in 1999 by Malawians as a local, community-based response for meeting the needs of the growing number of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Today, Ministry of Hope sponsors feeding centers, crisis nurseries and a variety of international volunteer efforts.

Insect Shield Support Role: Insect Shield outfitted the crisis clinic nursery staff with Insect Shield-treated kangas to help protect them as they care for the infants. For more information about Ministry of Hope visit:

Cacique Isaias Rodriguez Memorial Anti Malaria Project
The objective of the project is to reduce the high rate of malaria infection amongst the indigenous people, Ye’kuana and Sanema, who are the exclusive residents of the upper section of the Ventuari River – the Alto Ventuari – in Amazonas State, Venezuela. The indigenous people of Amazonas are some of the poorest in the country and often live in physically isolated communities, far from medical services. Malaria can strike any person exposed to an infected mosquito, but it is young children, pregnant women, and the elderly who are most likely to die of the disease. To learn more, visit:

Insect Shield Support Role: Insect Shield has donated the treatment of a supply of bed nets that are being distributed.

The Mentor Initiative
The MENTOR Initiative is a unique international NGO, registered in the UK. This specialist group is dedicated to providing essential disease control and technical and operational support in emergencies and recovering crises. For more information visit:

Insect Shield Support Role: The MENTOR Initiative project in Western Province Kenya. Insect Shield Director of Global Health Initiatives was on-site to provide operational support and help promote community awareness of malaria prevention and treatment methods in the flood-affected population. Insect Shield treated kangas (colorful wraps that women wear, use to carry babies, or as sleeping covers) provided to the vulnerable women throughout the flood affected communities.

Zambia National Malarial Indicator Survey
Zambia Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Centre/Roll Back Malaria Partners
The Zambia Ministry of Health, through the National Malaria Control Centre together with support from the Central Statistics Office and several Roll Back Malaria partners, is planning a national household survey to help evaluate the progress in scaling up malaria control interventions nationwide.

Insect Shield Support Role: The survey team was outfitted in Insect Shield Repellent Apparel to help protect them while conducting efforts in the field.

World Concern World Concern
An international relief organization of more than 15,000 individuals and families actively working to make a difference, World Concern was founded in 1955. Today, it serves more than 4 million poor and oppressed people each year. For more information visit,

Insect Shield Support Role: Insect Shield joined efforts with manufacturers, fabric mills, and brand partners to help create a Global Uniform Program. This initiative outfits World Concern staff across the globe with Insect Shield-treated uniforms to protect them as they carry out their relief efforts in areas where insect-borne disease is prevalent.

Habitat For Humanity Habitat for Humanity International
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. For more information, visit

Insect Shield Support Role: A Seattle-based team of Habitat for Humanity International volunteers was outfitted with Insect Shield Repellent Apparel for bug protection while they conducted relief work in a Katrina-impacted Mississippi region.

Full Belly Full Belly Project
A non-profit organization, Full Belly Project devised a peanut sheller that can be built from locally obtained materials to save many hours of painstaking labor. The sheller allows operators in developing countries to easily make highly nutritious peanut butter, which can also be sold to supplement income. The peanut shells can also be used as an alternative fuel source. To learn more, go to

Insect Shield Support Role: A team of 16 students were outfitted with Insect Shield hats and clothing to help protect them from insects during their Full Belly Project relief efforts in Uganda.