Dr Clare Applegarth from Clifton Beach Medical and Surgical takes a moment to discuss mosquito protection while travelling.
Video Transcription Below.
Dr Clare Applegarth, MBBS, FRACGP, Diploma in Child Health, BA, BSc., my name is Dr. Clare from Clifton Beach Medical and Surgical and today we’re going to talk about mosquito protection while travelling.
The humble mosquito brings a lot of disease throughout the tropical and equatorial parts of the world. Unfortunately, when you’re away there’s no safe time to go without mosquito protection because the Anopheles mosquito that spreads malaria feeds at dawn, dusk, and during the night. Whereas the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads diseases like Dengue or Zika can also feed during the day. To prevent a mosquito bite make sure that you always wear long pants and sleeves, preferably in a light colour, and ALWAYS use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin which can even be used on children. Make sure that your accommodation has got mosquito nets or screens. In the case of Zika, which is now known to be a sexually transmitted infection, it’s really important to use condoms and if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, speak with your doctor first about your itinerary to make sure it’s safe to travel.
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