6 Zika scams and what really protects you

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It didn’t take long for scam artists to follow the Aedes aegypti — the Zika-carrying mosquito — in pestering fearful consumers worried about its bite and fretting over how to protect themselves.

Last week, government regulators got into the act of prevention — not only of Zika, but also of products that don’t repel mosquitoes and may give the consumer a false sense of security against the virus.

Zika, especially troubling for pregnant women or women wanting to become pregnant, can cause a birth defect whereby a baby is born with an abnormally small head. Children often have smaller brains, linking them to other problems such as seizures, developmental delay, decreased learning ability, difficulty swallowing, hearing loss and vision problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

With the Zika mosquito’s presence growing in the United States, we look at potential scams.

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