Nabila tapiaNabila Tapia, the Dominican model who was the second runner up in Nuestra Belleza Latina 2014 has revealed that she is suffering from Zika, the scary and mosquito-borne disease that has created birth defects in Latin America. Here are the details of her case and what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Nabila Tapia in the hospital 1

Nabila Tapia in the hospital

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The Nuestra Belleza Latina contestant revealed she had Zika with this photo. She had to be taken to the hospital with high fever.


She just had a baby 2

She just had a baby

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Although Zika is tough, she must be so happy to have caught it now and not six months ago. Tapia became a mom in May 2016. Just a few weeks ago.


What is the Zika Virus 3

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Zika virus is transmited by the mosquito Aedes, the same one that can give you dengue and chinkungunya. A specific characteristic of this mosquito is that has white stripes on its legs and white spots on its back.

How Zika is transmited 4

How Zika is transmited

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The Zika virus is transmitted through the blood. The most common way of transmission is when a mosquito bites somebody with the illness and then bites somebody else. There's a possibility it can also be transmitted through sex.


Use repellent 5

Use repellent

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Mosquito repellents are the true and tried method to avoid being bit. Many of us, myself included, rather use a natural remedy first, but if you are going to a place where you already know that are lots of mosquitoes, please use it.


Vitamine B 6

Vitamine B

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Mosquitoes hate the smell that comes out of us when whe ingest vitamine B. 


Long sleves 7

Long sleves

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Long pants and sleeves are the best defense against mosquitoes. They also help to protect the skin from the sun. The best idea is to wear clothing made out of light and natural fabrics.

Avoid overheating 8

Avoid overheating

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Mosquitoes love body heat and sweat.


Choose light colors 9

Choose light colors

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Mosquitoes also like dark clothing.

Get rid of still water 10

Get rid of still water

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Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water. Get rid of any possible source.


Check different creams and lotions 11

Check different creams and lotions

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I swear by the Soft Original Bath Oil Spray de Avon. You can purchase it Avon for $24.

Anti-mosquitoes wearables 12

Anti-mosquitoes wearables

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There are wearable products with natural repellents that you can have on you. My son does great with the product on the photo. He plays soccer and is never bitten when he is wearing one of those.This packet of three costs $5.99 at Target.