Travel Related Insect Hazards
Insect borne illness can be a very significant hazard for international travelers. Understanding and preparing for this risk is crucial for travelers heading to a variety of international destinations.
Insects can be the vectors of numerous infectious diseases including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis, rickettsial diseases, and others. Many of these illnesses (in particular, malaria) can be very serious, sometimes even fatal.
A variety of precautions can be taken including:
- Cover exposed skin.
- Use insect repellent containing DEET 25 – 50%.
- Treat outer clothing with permethrin.
- Use permethrin-impregnated bed nets.
- Have insect screens over open windows.
- Air conditioned rooms
- Inspect for ticks.
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