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Do you know that some mosquitoes carry life threatening diseases?

Most mosquitoes can transmit diseases from one human (or animal) to another. They do so by carrying the disease causing parasites, bacteria or viruses within them. These microorganisms have no effect on mosquitoes. On the contrary, they can reproduce inside mosquitoes and they can be transferred to a suitable host when mosquitoes bite human skin to suck blood.

Over 100 countries all over the world face the consequences of mosquito-borne diseases on a daily basis. Estimates have put the number of infected people between 300 and 500 million people every year. Out of that, 1 million people die every year. In our country, every year over 40 million people suffer from the consequences of the dengue and malaria mosquito bites. Apart from these two diseases, mosquitoes can also cause filaria, brain fever, yellow fever, LaCrosse Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus.

Here is what you to need to know about the two most dangerous diseases by mosquitoes that your child can be exposed through mosquito bites. 

Dengue

Over 1/3rd of the entire world’s population lives in places where there are high risks of dengue infection. In fact, in the tropical and subtropical regions (including India) dengue is among the leading causes of illnesses and deaths. Globally, 400 million people are infected from it every year. However, the most disturbing fact is that there is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever. Early recognition of the disease is very helpful because treatment can lower medical complications. But of course, the best method remains prevention.

Malaria 

Malaria too is a very serious disease which can sometimes prove to be fatal in nature. It is caused by parasites from the genus Plasmodium and is the reason behind 1 million deaths globally. It is especially dangerous for children due to their weakened immune systems. Its most typical symptom is fever, which might be accompanied by muscle aches and shaking chills. Thankfully, Malaria has treatments available, and the medicine to be administered depends on the species of the Plasmodium and whether or not it is drug resistant.

Children and adults alike are at risk of being bit by the of the dengue and malaria mosquito. As already stated, one should not wait to be infected to rush to a doctor. It’s best to prevent mosquito bites whether you’re outside your home or inside it. Pay special attention to your children. 

What can you do?

•    Stay away from areas that have still water, including potholes on the road. 
•    Avoid heavily populated areas wherever possible 
•    Get screens installed on your windows and doors.
•    Whenever your child is outdoors, make sure they wear full sleeved shirts and long pants. Their feet should not be exposed so it’s best if they wear sneakers or sports shoes. 
•    Fill in any holes or openings on or near your windows and doors. 

Of course, wearing slap-on mosquito repellent bands is an excellent preventive measure. They give you the freedom of going wherever you want without having to worry about mosquito bites. This means you do not have to worry about constantly re-applying your mosquito repellent creams, lotions or gels. So it’s best to buy a dermatologically tested mosquito repellent band for your child today and protect them from serious (and even fatal) infections.

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