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Preventing mosquito-borne diseases: The Risks and tips for protection

Mosquitoes, found worldwide, are notorious insects known for their ability to inflict itchy bites and spread diseases to humans and animals. The recent weather conditions in various parts of the country have resulted in continuous mosquito activity in various areas. Considering recent incidents of mosquito-borne illnesses, taking preventive actions and protecting yourself from potential dangers is essential. This blog will explore the risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases and provide preventive measures to stay safe.

What are mosquito-borne diseases?

Mosquito-borne diseases are those infections that are spread to humans and animals through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The most common mosquito-borne diseases in Australia include Murray Valley encephalitis virus (MVEV), Ross River virus (RRV), Barmah Forest virus (BFV), Japanese encephalitis (JEV) and Dengue fever.

What are the risks of mosquito-borne diseases?

Mosquito-borne diseases can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. In some cases, these diseases can even lead to death. The symptoms of mosquito-borne diseases can include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and skin rashes. In severe cases, mosquito-borne diseases can cause hemorrhagic fever, inflammation of the brain, kidney failure, or neurological problems.

How can you prevent mosquito-borne diseases?

Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry:

  • Use mosquito repellent: Mosquito repellent is an effective way to keep mosquitoes away. Use an effective mosquito repellent containing DEET or picaridin to n to keep mosquitoes at bay.
  • Wear protective clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes when spending time outdoors, particularly during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Mosquito-Proof doors and windows: Keep windows and doors closed or install screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your living spaces. 
  • Eliminate standing water: Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so removing standing water from your surroundings is essential. Empty water around your property from flower pots, buckets, and other containers.
  • Keep your surroundings clean: Keep your surroundings clean and free from debris, as mosquitoes can hide in these areas.
  • Avoid going out at dawn and dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk, so it is best to avoid going out during these times.

Mosquito-borne diseases are a serious health concern, but with the right precautions, you can reduce your risk of infection. Following the tips above, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from these dangerous diseases. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, so take these steps seriously and stay safe from mosquito-borne diseases.

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