But I didn't think she would worry about insect repellent.
"My mother keeps telling me to apply bug spray, but who knows what's in that stuff?" she said.
Given a choice between DEET and Zika, the choice seemed pretty obvious to me. But, as is the case with so many issues surrounding women, I'm wrong again.
According a recent article on MarketWatch, there's a growing debate about pregnant women using DEET-based insect repellent. MarketWatch, that bastion of scientific knowledge, maintains that while the virus’s connection to birth defects is well-established, less is known about the potential long-term risks of mosquito-repellent chemicals, particularly N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide or diethyltoluamide (DEET), which doctors would normally advise pregnant women to avoid.
I don't know where MarketWatch is getting its info, but the Centers for Disease Control urges pregnant women to protect themselves with insect repellent—that seems like sound advice to me and I hope my neighbor takes it.