Dengue Fever and Traveling

Posted on December 17, 2013 in Mosquitos, News | Share on Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Dengue Fever and Traveling

In recent years the numbers of people returning from overseas holidays infected with a disease has been increasing. In some instances the increase have been quite dramatic. One if the diseases affecting Australian travelers is Dengue Fever, a mosquito borne virus.

Dengue Fever is an infectious tropical disease cause by one of 5 types of the Dengue Virus. The disease is passed to humans by mosquitoes, in particular the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Transmission occurs when a female bites an infected human, the mosquito then carries the virus and infects the next person it bites. Once infected it usually takes 4-7 days for symptoms to appear. Symptoms range from flu like symptoms to more serious symptoms and in rare cases death. Click on the link below for more detailed descriptions of symptoms of Dengue Fever.

With more of us Travelling overseas for holidays and in particular to South East Asia,the threat of dengue fever for Australians has become greater. The Department of Health has stated most cases of dengue fever have been contracted overseas! with 80% of cases being contracted in Bali. The increase in cases between 2010 and July 2012′ in most states of Australia was over 100%, with an average of 144 new cases of dengue fever reported each month for the first half of 2012′ as having been contracted overseas. The department of health in Hong Kong has stated Dengue fever is an endemic disease in most South East Asian countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It has warned the public to take precautions against mosquitoes all year round.

So what are we supposed to do. Cancel our holidays and stay indoors? No, by taking precautions we can reduce the risk mosquitoes pose. Below are a few tips for protecting yourself when traveling.

1. When checking into your accomodation, close the bathroom door and check for any screens or mosquito nets for holes.

2. Spray any vents and mosquito nets with mosquito repellent.

3. Check around your accommodation (especially if you are staying in free standing bungalows or cabins) for any stagnant water or places water can collect like buckets, containers and drains.

4. Turn off your lights, both indoor and outdoor, before leaving. The heat and light will attract mosquitoes.

5. If you have a mosquito net, check it for holes and spray the net with a mosquito repellent.
When sleeping keep the corners of the mosquito net tucked in.

6. When out and about seeing the sights, wear long sleeves or use an effective topical mosquito repellent and reapply every 3 hours.

7. When applying sunscreen and topical mosquito repellent, apply sunscreen first. Applying mosquito repellent first will result in reduced effectiveness of the sunscreen.

8 If swimming, reapply mosquito repellent after you get out as you would sunscreen.

9. Use a topical mosquito repellent on legs and feet before dinner as South East Asian mosquitoes tend to stay low to the ground, a perfect place for them is under tables.

10. Mosquitoes are attracted to bright colours, when trekking wear earth tones and khaki colours.

11. Avoid sweet smelling soaps and perfumes. Mosquitoes feed on nectar when not reproducing, so it’s a good idea not to smell like a flower.

12. You are most likely to be bitten by mosquitoes at dusk, be extra careful when enjoying the sunset.

13. If sitting outside for prolonged periods use mosquito repellent candles or mosquito coils.

We hope some of these tips will ensure you won’t bring back any nasty surprises form your topical holiday.

And remember the SureDuz Mosquito Candle is the perfect travelling companion to any mosquito prone areas. Spend this summer with family and friends NOT mosquitoes.