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When it comes to the Zika, prevention is all you have against a virus with no vaccine, no cure.

The Zika virus which is becoming widespread across the world is causing an alert in many countries. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. 

All you need is a back-up plan to protect yourself from the mozzies. There are several ways to prevent the virus from infecting you although the most effective way is to avoid getting bitten altogether. 

Here are five steps to protect yourself from getting bitten by Zika virus-infected mosquitoes:

 Get a mosquito repellent and apply it daily 
Regardless whether you are indoors or outdoors, apply mosquito repellent all over your body. For convenience, mosquito repellents now come in many forms; spray, lotion, roll-on balm and even sticker patch. Some people tend to get worried with the chemicals the repellent contains, but it is far more risky to not apply the repellent than using it. 
 
 Change of wardrobe 
Avoid wearing khaki pants or tight leggings because mosquitoes can easily bite through the material instead, opt for thicker materials such as denim. Stick to long pants, long sleeves and shoes with full coverage for better protection. 
 
 Secure your home 
Just one tablespoon of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so eliminate any standing water throughout your home, including flower pots, sinks, bottles, and garbage cans.
 
 Go green
It is good to have plants and shrubs like catnips, peppermints, basils because they are natural insect repellents and they can help to mask your scent and drive the mozzies away from you.
 
 Travel smart   
Avoid traveling to countries that are highly affected by the virus but if the trip is unavoidable, then be sure to stay indoors, sleep under bed nets, and do not forget to apply the mosquito repellent.
 

The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects such as a baby born with a small head. 

With that in mind, Allianz Malaysia has now added Zika Benefit  to the Allianz Shield policy. It offers a lump sum of RM5,000 compensation to the insured person should she give birth to a baby or babies with birth defects caused by the Zika virus as certified by a medical practitioner. It is not a remedy or a cure for the virus, but it eases the burden of the mother and her family. 

To find out more about Zika Benefit and Allianz Shield, visit the Allianz Malaysia website at allianz.com.my  or reach out to known Allianz agents or our Allianz Customer Service Associates at 1-300-88-1028 or by email at customer.service@allianz.com.my.

 

Source:
World Health Organisation (WHO) official website-http://www.who.int/csr/disease/zika/en/ 

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