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Updated 25 April 2016

Prevent malaria

Today marks World Malaria Awareness Day and the question everyone's asking is how to prevent getting bitten in the first place. A hackathon held at Johns Hopkins University looked at this very question and found that one of the most effective ways of using mosquito repellent, besides directly applied to skin, is to treat nets, linen, tents, and sleeping bags and – yes – even clothes and accessories, including shoes, with a suitable repellent. There are many on the market that contain the active ingredient permethrin that can be safely used. Best yet, these fabric sprays are also effective against other mosquito-borne illnesses such as the Zika virus and Yellow fever.

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