ZIKA VIRUS – News Release from Saltigo GmbH (Feb 3, 2016)
Malaria and dengue fever are not the only diseases that can result from a mosquito bite in the tropical regions. In Brazil, the Zika virus has led the authorities to declare a health emergency at the end of 2015.
WHO is not advising against travel to areas where the disease is endemic, but is recommending keeping the insects that transmit the disease at bay by covering the skin with clothing, protecting beds with mosquito nets and using mosquito repellents, with Icaridin a product of choice. Saltigo Gmbh produces this active ingredient and markets it under the brand name Saltidin.
”Saltidin has already proved effective in preventing millions of people from being bitten by insects and we hope that our active ingredient will make a key contribution to stemming the spread of the Zika virus” said Saltigo Managing Director Wolfgang Schmitz.
”Saltidin repels mosquitoes by acting on their odorant receptors, thereby disabling their ability to recognize humans as blood donors. Our active ingredient is neither an insecticide nor harmful to humans”, remarks Dirk Sandri, Head of Marketing Fine Chemicals at Saltigo.
Saltidin-containg insect repellents can be utilized during pregnancy. It is particularly important at present to protect expectant mothers from being bitten by diurnal vector moquitoes. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Zika virus is now suspected of causing malformations in unborn children.
The WHO declares a global emergency over the rapidly spreading Zika virus.
The EU has been warning pregnant women not to travel to South America. If such trips are essential, America´s CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend insect repellents, including ones containing Icaridin, for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of 2.
The Zika virus is transmitted by the *Egyptian tiger mosquito , against which products based on Saltidin have proven effective. Initial symptoms include aching joints, a rash, headaches and slight fever.
Comprehensive laboratory and field testing prove Saltidin´s wide-ranging effectiveness against blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes, flies, ticks, gnats, horseflies, ants and cockroaches.
NDC s comments:
* Aedes aegypti – Pls see tests performed by NIM Distribution Center AB (Tests and Results)