Have you remembered everything?
Not if you haven’t packed mosquito repellent. No matter where you are going, mosquitoes are there! (you are okay to use either spelling of mosquitoes or mosquitos.) They are found on every continent, except Antarctica.
Some useful traveler’s tips are:
Some malaria parasites are resistant to antimalarial drugs, so be sure to get medical advice. Be sure to explain where in South Africa you are traveling. Through good malaria control efforts, the disease is now restricted to certain districts in three provinces; namely the north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal, parts of Mpumulanga and Limpopo.
Pack plenty of a really good mosquito repellent. You have no way of knowing if you can buy the kind you like at your destination. And, in some less developed areas, you may not be able to buy any at all. Bring some long sleeved shirts and long pants. The less skin area exposed the better. Try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Air-conditioned lodgings afford better mosquito protection. If you can’t get enclosed lodging (or you are camping or roughing it), be sure to pack some mosquito nets.
There are some good ones made for individual use that don’t take up much room.
If you use nets, be sure they are tucked under the mattress.Treat all fabric articles with repellent. Using it on shoes, clothes, bedding, nets and other personal objects can help keep mosquitoes away.
If you are going to be near a beach, stay close to the ocean breezes. Mosquitoes are poor flyers and will avoid windy areas. Many mosquito diseases are seasonal.
Try to plan to travel to heavily infested areas during the mosquito “off season”.
With just a little advance planning, and some common sense, you can avoid being plagued by mosquitoes in your travels.
Take these few steps before you go and then get back to the important thing: having a pleasurable trip.
Consult your doctor and request malaria test if you develop any flu-like symptoms during or after you have been in a malaria area. The symptoms of malaria are very similar to flu e.g. headache, fever, muscular and joint pains, sweating, shivering attacks, nausea, diarrhea and fatigue. While the symptoms normally develop up to 2 weeks after the parasite has entered the body, symptoms of the disease can occur up to 6 months after you have left the malaria area, so never discount the possibility that you could have malaria when feeling ill.
10 natural mosquito repellents
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