NEW YORK - New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's sending cease and desist letters to seven companies selling products that claim to ward off the Zika virus.

They include products such as wrist bands, key chains, ultrasound devices and natural sprays.

"These do not protect your children," says Schneiderman. "They're lying to consumers, exploiting fears about a real public health crisis just to make a buck."

Instead of products that promise to give Zika protection, the Attorney General's Office says to look for products that contain DEET, which is proven to repel mosquitoes.

The office says anyone allergic to DEET or who prefers a botanical can obtain picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol as an alternative.