New York’s Attorney General is taking aim at companies selling phony Zika prevention and protection products.
AG Eric Schneiderman has sent cease-and-desist letters to seven companies peddling products that promise to keep people safe from the Zika virus.
“New Yorkers are understandably concerned about Zika virus and looking for ways to protect themselves and their families,” Schneiderman said. “Unfortunately, some companies are taking advantage of public concern about Zika to peddle products that simply don’t work. My office will not tolerate deceptive advertising of products that provide only a false sense of security against a real threat.”
State officials stressed that the only products that may help, are those that protect people from mosquito bites, including those that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and an insect repellent called IR3535.
Health officials are still recommending that pregnant women avoid Zika-infected areas.
Some of the bogus products include:
- 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
- iGear iGuard 2.0 Ultrasonic Insect Pest Repellent