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For infections spread by insect bites and stings, avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent disease.
We have an influenza vaccine and scientists are hard at work developing one for coronavirus. For infections spread by insect bites and stings, avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent disease.
Insect bites and stings cause 3 types of problems-
local skin reaction
A local reaction at the site of the bite. This can range from mild redness, swelling and itching to a deep wound that may get infected.
A systemic reaction means symptoms in multiple organs of the body. This could include nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, dizziness, muscle aches , headache and anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction). Bee and wasp stings can cause both local and systemic reactions.
An insect transmitted infection
We worry most about this one (other than an anaphylaxis.) World wide, this is the most serious result of insect bites, leading to millions of illnesses and deaths. Malaria alone infects 200 million people, causing almost 500,000 deaths yearly.
Mosquitoes– bites can transmit malaria; Zika , chikungunya, dengue, West Nile,and yellow fever viruses
Only effective against mosquitoes, not against ticks
Less effective than DEET
Obtained from clove, geraniol, patchouli
Limited and variable protection against mosquitoes
How we’re fighting malaria around the world
You can help the victims of malaria by donating to the Malaria Medicine Fund. Blessings International gives malaria medicine to medical teams free of charge to use while treating malaria patients all over the world. 100% of donations go to this cause.
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