A Consumer Alert Warning has been released by the New York Attorney General’s office to warn against deceptive marketing that leads consumers to believe that certain products protect against the mosquito-borne virus Zika.
The majority of these ineffective Zika-protection products are sold online or at local discount stores. A cease and desist has been sent to seven companies regarding their false advertising that their ultrasonic and botanical oil-based mosquito repellents will protect people against Zika. Specifically, consumers should be wary of any Zika-protection claims on the following products:
- Wildheart Outdoors Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet;
- MosQUITo Repellent Bracelet Wristband Band;
- Neor Mosquito Repellent Bracelet;
- Kenza High Quality Zika Mosquito Repellent Smiley Patch;
- Mobile Pro Gear ZIKA Shield Mosquito Repellent Bands;
- STAR Ultrasonic Pest Repeller; and
- iGear iGuard 2.0 Ultrasonic Insect Pest Repellent.
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is encouraging families who have used any of these products to contact us immediately as you may have been the victim of consumer fraud and entitled to compensation for this deceit.
Zika has recently become more of a concern in the continental United States since Florida authorities reported the first signs of local transmission. It has been determined by health officials that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by a small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.
It is important to protect yourself against the potential threat of Zika by using insect repellents that have been registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).