Posted by: Germie | 2007/07/10

Dengue fever

In two weeks' time we are going to Bangkok, Phuket,Thailand.
I understand that they have had an outbreak of the Dengue Fever over the last month. Earlier rains are apparently the cause of the mosquitoes. Will it be necessary for us to take any precautions before we go, and if so, what could you suggest?

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Dear Germie
The only precaution visitors need to take is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. In particular, visitors should:
wear insect repellent, particularly during the day when the dengue mosquito is most active
wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
use flying insect spray to kill any mosquitoes in rooms
use mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide mats in rooms.
You can also talk to a netcare travel clinic near you for up to date information about any vaccinations etc that may be necessary for the area you are going to visit.

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