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By Health Promotion Board

how to fend off mozzies

Mosquitoes can really put a downer on your travel plans so it's wise to protect yourself and your children against mozzies and possible infections.

How do you prevent mozzie attacks? Use these simple precautions.

Wear long sleeves and long pants where possible. Cover up exposed skin so insects have less surface area to attack.

Choose light-coloured clothing too; they'll attract fewer mosquitoes than dark-coloured clothing, and will keep you cool at the same time.

Choose insect repellents that contain 20 to 35% DEET for adults and 7 to 20% for children. Less than 10 percent of DEET is absorbed through the skin and studies have shown that it will not harm your unborn baby. Use a repellant with a low concentration of DEET and apply it on your clothing instead of your skin.

Sleep under mosquito nets or ask for window netting, if available. Keep the air-conditioner on. Light up mosquito coils or electronic repellents for added protection. Be aware, however, that these products emit fumes that may aggravate asthma and cause respiratory irritations for some.

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Before your trip, ask your doctor about malaria pills and whether they're needed for where you're headed. Not all malaria pills are suitable for pregnant women so do consult your doctor if you're unsure.

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