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Zika Virus: Personal, Household and Community Protection

How might we better repel mosquitoes, prevent their spread and keep them out of our homes, schools and workplaces?

Common techniques, like mosquito repellent, require frequent reapplication and emit unpleasant odors. Many homes also lack screens. Urban communities have challenges eliminating (or covering) standing water. An even bigger challenge with the mosquitoes that transmit Zika is that they can live in urban environments and are active during the daytime.  

How might we better repel mosquitoes, prevent their spread and keep them out of our homes, schools and workplaces? For ground level insights to inform your ideas, check out the Zika submissions in our Research phase. Our focus must shift beyond individual-level protection to household, school and workplace protection.

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Encourage community clean-ups and discourage mosquito populations by funding demonstration sites for mosquito-repellant plant gardens.

Encourage community clean-ups and discourage mosquito populations by funding demonstration sites for mosquito-repellant plant gardens.

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A kit designed with local aesthetics in mind that holds Zika prevention methods (sprays, clothing, nets, and screens).

A kit designed with local aesthetics in mind that holds Zika prevention methods (sprays, clothing, nets, and screens).

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