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Zika virus

Zika virus: 7 ways to protect yourself if you’re going to an affected area

Safeguard yourself against the mosquito-borne virus when travelling in Central and South America – and from mosquitoes everywhere – by using permethrin-treated clothing, shoes and camping gear

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2016, 11:34am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 March, 2016, 11:54am

Sea To Summit Mosquito Box Net

Nobody likes sleeping under a mosquito net, but they don’t get much roomier than this one from Sea To Summit (HK$169). With a lightweight design for trekking, travelling and camping, this net, with its superfine mesh, weighs just 673g. Sold by protrek.com.hk

ExOfficio BugsAway Cape Hat

With a sun protection rating of UPF 30+, this ExOfficio hat (HK$200) uses Insect Shield fabric that’s tightly bonded with permethrin, which repels mosquitoes as well as midges, ticks, ants and flies. Get it from Racing The Planet, 22/F, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 8102 8113

Para’Kito refillable band

Designed to be worn on wrists or ankles, this neoprene band (HK$80) has a mesh pocket to take an essential-oil pellet. It should last 15 days, and while it’s never going to be as effective as DEET, the active ingredient in most anti-mosquito sprays, it’s much safer for children. For stockists see hk.parakito.com

Craghoppers Women’s NosiLife Long-Sleeve Shirt

The best protection against Zika is long-sleeved shirts. Go one better with this adventure shirt from Craghoppers (HK$892.66) that’s also doused in the permethrin insecticide. Buy it at prubuy.hk

Lifesystems Expedition 100+

When you don’t want to risk being bitten, use this spray from Lifesystems (HK$79), which contains 95 per cent DEET, for ultimate protection. The 50ml size makes it easy to travel with, too. Get it from RC Outfitters, 5/F & 6/F, Oriental House, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, tel: 2390 0980

Cocoon Insect Shield TravelSheets CoolMax

Perfect for protecting yourself while sleeping on boats, planes and trains, the Cocoon TravelSheet (HK$400) is impregnated with permethrin. Weighing 305g when packed, it’s also available in silk, cotton and Egyptian cotton. Find it at overlander.com.hk.

L.L. Bean Women’s No Fly Zone Field Tee

It helps to wear light-coloured clothing, since mosquitoes are more attracted to darker shades. This T-shirt (HK$343.81) has synthetic permethrin, but it’s also quick drying and offers UPF 50+ sun protection. Get it from global.llbean.com.