Fight the Bite!
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus. Although the mosquito species that typically act as a vector for some of these diseases is not common in our region, it is important to take preventive measures while traveling to prevent disease transmission. In honor of the upcoming National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 25-July 2, 2017), the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has come up with a few tips to help prevent those pesky mosquito bites.
Pools are open and grills are going, but are you cooking up a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Standing water and dark clothing are two things that attract mosquitoes. AMCA recommends people follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
- Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Make your yard a mosquito-free zone by: disposing of any tires that could collect water – tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes; drilling holes in the bottom of recycling containers; clearing roof gutters of debris; cleaning pet water dishes regularly; checking and emptying children’s toys; repairing leaky outdoor faucets; and changing the water in bird baths at least once a week.
For more information on insect repellent use and safety, visit https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html
Gallatin City-County Health Department also offers an international travel clinic where one of our nurses can provide specialized overseas consultation before you travel. For more information, call 406-582-3100 or visit http://healthygallatin.org/immunizations/travel-clinic/