Getting ready for vacation? Now with the Chikungunya in the Caribbean headlining the media, it has also landed on our home turf in the United States. This mosquito borne virus has no vaccines or a cure once the infected mosquito has passed it to its human victim. So the only preventative caution is to try to avoid mosquito bites. Easier said than done during these Summer months since only one mosquito indoors can cause dozens of bites. I have been both to New England and FL this Summer where the differences in temperature made no difference to the amount of bites I have received.
Here are some tips for precautions and measures to decrease the chance of mosquito bites:
- Mosquito repellants: Thinly spread mosquito repellant on all exposed areas of the body.
- Clothing: Try to wear long sleeve clothing or long pants. Due to Summer weather there are many sheer coverings or loose linen pants that are airy as well as comfortable for Summer fun.
- Enclosed areas: Try to stay under a mosquito net when spending times outdoors. If indoors, ensure that a screen door will keep mosquitos outdoors when leaving entrances open.
- Travel: When you are travelling, just make a note to check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website for any travel advisories. The site is http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
Have a great rest of the Summer and safe travels!