Mosquito bite prevention for travellers
Mosquitoes spread dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus and other diseases.
Pregnant women, and those planning a pregnancy, should avoid travel to countries of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks. If travel cannot be avoided or postponed, strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed.
Mosquitoes bite in daylight and evening hours.
These mosquitoes are aggressive biters usually during the day, but can also bite at night.
Prevent mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellent
- Cover up: wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Use bed nets: use them also to cover playpens, cribs or strollers
- Stay in rooms with air conditioning
- Keep windows/door screens in good repair
Monitor Your Health:
Watch for these symptoms:
- red eyes
- muscle or joint pain
- lack of energy
If you get sick while travelling or within 14 days after your return, see a health care provider and tell them where you have been travelling or living.
For more information: Canada.ca/insect-bite
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