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West Nile Virus and Pregnancy: Prevention

Becuase West Nile virus can be transmitted from mother to baby with possible adverse health effects, many people want to know about preventing West Nile virus during pregnancy. Pregnant women should take precautions to reduce their risk for West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne infections by:
  • Avoiding mosquitoes
  • Wearing protective clothing
  • Using repellents containing DEET.
Repellents with DEET are safe for pregnant women. Other options, such as soybean oil-based repellents, provide good, though limited, protection.
Pregnant women who think they may have become infected with West Nile virus should contact their healthcare provider.
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