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Don't Let Mosquitoes Bite You When You're On Vacation

Sep 6, 2008
The mosquito is a major cause of many serious diseases throughout the world. Five of the most widely known mosquito-borne diseases are Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus.

Malaria is the most common serious disease caused by mosquitoes. Over a million people die from this disease worldwide each year.

Female mosquitoes deposit their eggs into your bloodstream while they feed on your blood. These parasite eggs incubate and infest in your liver and then attack your red blood cells. The first symptoms usually are felt within twenty-four hours. Some symptoms are nausea and vomiting, a high fever, as well as shivers and chills. This is normally followed by a deep sleep and then a flare up occurs. If the symptoms repeat themselves every two to three days, you must seek medical attention.

There is an anti-malaria prescription that can be taken to help protect you when you're traveling on vacation in mosquito infested tropical climates. To receive maximum protection, this medication should be taken before, during, and after your trip. However, these pills are not always completely effective.

Pharmaceutical drugs such as Chloroquine, Mefloquine, Fansidar, and Doxycycline, can be prescribed to treat malaria, but they aren't always totally effective. Ask your physician more about the dosage and length of time that you should take any of these prescription medications.

You can protect yourself from yellow fever by getting vaccinated by a physician at a local health authority before you travel on your holidays. This vaccination lasts about ten years and is very effective.

Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that is transmitted by a bite from an infected mosquito. This disease can be prevented by a series of three vaccinations.

Dengue fever is a viral disease that's spread by mosquitoes. There's no vaccination that will prevent this disease.

West Nile Virus is also spread by infected mosquitoes. There's no vaccine to protect you from this disease.

Always keep in mind that when it comes to the serious mosquito-borne diseases, prevention is always better than a cure, even if there is one. It's always best to limit the chances of being bitten and infected by mosquitoes in the first place. You should always wear loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts and slacks between the hours of dusk and dawn and apply a DEET containing insect repellent when mosquitoes become active near dusk. Always kill all the mosquitoes in your room before going to sleep, and use mosquito netting and coils when camping or sleeping outdoors.
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