Apart from causing an itch and inflammation, mosquitoes can leave more than just an irritation.
· Cover up with clothing
· Use insect repellents containing a minimum of 50% DEET on any exposed skin
· Consider treating clothes with permethrin
· Sleep under bed nets and use insect screens on doors.
· Reduce mosquito breeding sites by removing any water containers from outdoor areas
· Use air-conditioning
· Consider the use of plug-in electrical vaporisers which deter mosquitoes
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent either dengue nor chikungunya in travellers. However, without mosquitoes, individual sufferers are not directly contagious.
The risk for both diseases is thought to be higher during periods of intense mosquito feeding activity (two to three hours after dawn and during the early evening).
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent the ZIKV infection in travellers. Those infected with the infection normally have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur they are usually mild and short-lived. Serious complications and deaths are not common.
The concerns with the Zika virus and primarily to do with birth defects and as a result pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel until after pregnancy. More information on Zika Virus and pregnancy concerns from Public Health England.
If you would like more travel advice we’d recommend an appointment with one of our travel nurses.
We offer same-day appointments Monday-Friday.
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By Anna Chapman | Travel Nurse | November 2018
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