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Insect Repellent is the New Sunscreen: Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Osteopathic physicians (DOs) recommend patients incorporate mosquito repellent into their daily warm weather routines to prevent the infection and spread of nearly a dozen illnesses, including Zika virus.

Ann T. MacIntyre, DO, MHS, a Miami-based osteopathic physician specializing in infectious diseases; and Mia Taormina, DO, an infectious disease and travel medicine specialist at DuPage Medical Group in Chicago’s western suburbs, are available as a media spokespeople to discuss ways to prevent mosquito bites.

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.