HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MOSQUITOES

26/05/17

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MOSQUITOES

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of cases of malaria per year fell globally by an astonishing 18 per cent. This translates to over 48 million lives which would otherwise have been affected by one of the world’s most persistent diseases.

*However, despite that drop the World Health Organisation still reported 212 million known cases of malaria in 2015 alone. Add to that the equally mosquito-borne threats of yellow fever, dengue fever and the much publicised Zika virus, the bites of ticks, tsetse flies and fleas (amongst others) and you find many compelling reasons to take protective measures against such potentially hazardous insects.

Fortunately, there are excellent ways to do this and all within easy reach of the average traveller.

The global drop in malarial infection was mostly attributed to the distribution of over a billion insecticide-treated mosquito nets across Africa. So make sure to sleep beneath one! Discuss suitable antimalarial drugs with your GP, nurse or pharmacist - they will greatly help reduce the risk of contracting the disease. Mosquitoes tend to congregate in damp areas and particularly around standing water, bear this in mind on your travels

A Man Spraying Insect Repellent

Your clothes are the starting point for protection against biting insects. Wearing long, loose-fitting clothing that minimises your skin exposure is a basic precaution in high-risk areas. Any exposed skin should be lightly coated with an effective repellent. Historically the most effective mixtures have included DEET (diethyltoluamide), a potent chemical which intensely repels mosquitoes. Carry a balm with you to soothe the irritation of any bites you receive





Make sure to check www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for up to date information about the country to which you’re travelling.

Image Source: Lifesystems

*Source: World Health Organisation

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