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Zika is an infection. It is caused by the bite of a type of mosquito.
If you get Zika when you are pregnant, it may harm your baby. It can stop the baby’s head and brain growing normally. The baby may be born with a very small head (microcephaly). It may have other problems.
The mosquito that carries Zika usually bites in the day. Try not to get bitten. Here are some ideas:
• Wear clothes that cover your skin. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours. So wear light-coloured clothes.
• Use insect repellents on your skin. Ask at the pharmacy or health centre which ones to use. Or look for one that contains Deet.
• Use a net. Sleep and rest under an insecticide-treated mosquito net. Make sure you use it day and night, even in hot weather.
• Tuck the net around you. If it has holes, patch them with fabric.
You find mosquitoes near pools of still water and rubbish.
Remove pots, bottles, and containers that collect water. Take them away from outside your house and workplace. Cover water tanks so mosquitoes can’t get in. Unblock drains so water flows away.
Put rubbish in plastic bags. Put them in a closed container so animals can’t tear them open.
If you think you may have been bitten, or have Zika, go to the clinic.