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Are Mosquitoes Different on Vacation

Updated on June 13, 2014

The Mosquito Problem Abroad

Travel Friendly Insect Protect That's TSA Friendly

You’ve hit all the sales. You’ve packed your tiniest and cutest swimsuit. You even remembered to stop by the post office to place a stop on mail delivery.

You’ve double checked all your travel size essentials in your carry-on and now, you are pretty sure that the TSA will have no reason to dumb or confiscate anything in your bag. You’re ready. Haven’t forgotten a thing, or have you?

Just to be sure, you check your plans and the excursion you’ve booked and everything looks to be in order.

Well what about your travel health insurance? Will you be covered if anything goes wrong? Chances are you’ll be fine and won’t run into any major issues, while you’re on vacation.

But what about the minor issues, like mosquitoes, parasitic flies and ticks? Seriously, it’s something most Americans rarely think about when they travel.

I mean really, if you were on safari in Africa, you’d be well within reasonable and realistic rights to think about the 4,500 lb. Rhino in front of you rather than, a mosquito or tse tse fly.

Spending a few days in Rome near the Piazza Navona, insects are the last thing on your mind. In reality, the biggest dangers are the ones that are so small; you rarely give them a thought.

More people are bitten abroad by insects that they’ve never even heard of, than are not. Skin irritation, flu-like symptoms or just an appetite that is all but gone, are tell-tale signs that something may have made a snack out of your ankle or the back of your knee.

Depending on where you are vacationing, this small irritation may just that. However, if you happen to be traveling in a country, where the mosquitoes are likely to carry Malaria, a small irritating bit, could be a game changer.

No worries, you probably already talked to your family doctor about your upcoming trip and he made sure to give you the necessary vaccinations before your trip.

Except, there is no vaccine available to prevent malaria. Your physician may be able to prescribe medications to prevent the disease. These medications are the same as those used to treat the disease and can be taken before, during, and after your trip.

Additional precautions while traveling may warrant your active participation. Sleeping under a mosquito net may help prevent being bitten by an infected mosquito. Covering your skin or using bug sprays or insect repellent wipes containing DEET may also help prevent infection.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Infected mosquitoes carry the Plasmodium parasite. When this mosquito bites you, the parasite is released into your bloodstream.

Once the parasites are inside your body, they travel to the liver, where they mature. After several days, the mature parasites enter the bloodstream and begin to infect red blood cells.

Within 48 to 72 hours, the parasites inside the red blood cells multiply, causing the infected cells to burst open. The parasites continue to infect red blood cells, resulting in symptoms that occur in two-to-three-day cycles.

Making sure your carry-on luggage contains more than you favorite jewelry and MP3 player is not enough.

A TSA friendly and carry-ready medical kit should be a part of any vacation planning. If you are sensitive to certain types of aspirin or ibuprofen, then carry your own.

If you take prescription medications, make sure that you carry a copy of your most recent prescription and carry them with you. I suggest carry one copy of your prescriptions in your wallet and a second in your carry-on luggage.

In a medical emergency is not the time, you want people not to find out you’re a forgetful or unorganized person.

Many people that work in the travel industries professionally carry the smallest but most effective bags possible.

Given that flight attendants and pilots may only spend 24 hours on a layover, their bags contain the absolute essentials.

Portable and convenient personal care products, as well as necessary medicines. Travelers should consider this same path, even on short trips.

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