Mosquito bite prevention for travellers

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Type: Poster

Date Published: 2019-01-14

Mosquitoes spread:

  • Zika virus
  • dengue
  • malaria
  • chikungunya
  • other diseases

They bite during the day and night.

Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to Zika-affected countries or areas. If you must travel, prevent mosquito bites during the day and night:

  • Use an approved insect repellent and applying it properly
  • Cover up by wearing light-coloured, loose clothing, long pants and tucked-in long-sleeved shirts with closed-toe shoes or boots and a hat
  • Stay in indoor areas that are completely enclosed or well-screened
  • Use mosquito netting (bed net) when sleeping outdoors or staying in a building that is not completely enclosed or does not have functioning screens or doors and to cover playpens, cribs or strollers

Monitor your health. Watch for these symptoms:

Most people infected with Zika virus will have no symptoms or will have only mild symptoms which can include:

  • rash
  • fever
  • nausea
  • red eyes
  • vomiting
  • headaches
  • lack of energy
  • muscle or joint pain

If you get sick while travelling, or within 14 days after your return, see a health care professional. Tell them where you have been travelling to or living.

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