|August 8, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking consumers to do their research before buying products claiming to protect against Zika. This month, health officials in Florida confirmed multiple new cases of the Zika virus possible linked to mosquitos in a Miami neighborhood and one new non-travel related case is being investigated in Palm Beach County.
“All Floridians should be diligent and do their part to stop the spread of the Zika virus in Florida and one way to ensure the virus is contained is to use proven mosquito-repellent products and avoid any products that falsely claim they can prevent insect bites,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Using an unproven repellent can give the user a false sense of security and increase the likelihood of a mosquito bite.”
While the Florida Attorney General’s Office has not received any consumer complaints relating to the Zika virus, anyone who suspects a product is being falsely marketed as a mosquito repellent or as protection against the Zika virus should contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at (866) 9-NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.
Attorney General Bondi urges Floridians and visitors to use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellents and cover up with clothes while outdoors.
For more information about approved methods and products to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, visit the Florida Department of Health’s Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida page.