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Fashion to Protect Pregnant Women Against Zika

Fashion with hidden mosquito-repellent could help in the fight against zika in El Salvador

Pregnant women in zika-affected areas are being advised to cover up and use mosquito repellent to try to make sure they don’t get bitten. And the social enterprise company Maternova in the United States is now creating insecticide-impregnated clothing to offer further protection to women. The global health organisation Americares is distributing the clothing in anti-zika kits in El Salvador – and it’s hoped that the scheme could spread to other parts of Latin America.

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(Photo caption: A physician helps a patient try on a Maternova shirt at the Americares Family Clinic in El Salvador. © Photo by Marc Birnbach/Americares)

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