Health Officials Urge Use Of DEET To Reduce Risk Of Zika, Despite Little Evidence On Safety Among Pregnant Women
New York Times: DEET Seen as Safe for Pregnant Women to Avoid Zika Despite Few Studies
“…Health officials are urging people to use insect repellents with DEET to avoid being bitten [by mosquitoes]. The mounting evidence that the virus is strongly linked with birth defects makes this a priority for pregnant women. But is it safe to use repellents containing DEET with a baby on the way? Although the scientific evidence is a bit thinner than some experts would like, most say the answer is yes, as long as you do not overapply…” (Saint Louis, 4/4).