We’re hearing lots in the news that the Zika Virus is currently the fastest-spreading disease in Brazil. Reported cases have doubled since Dec 1 2015.
Apart from 3 Britons who have recently contracted Zika virus in Brazil, a number of babies have died or are being born with birth defects. This urban, hyper-endemic, is carried by a mosquito that only bites during the day from dawn to dusk and there is no cure for it; only avoiding getting bitten by mosquitoes can prevent it.
Howard Carter on the lessmosquito website says:
Additionally these same Aedes species of mosquito – which include the Asian Tiger mosquito – also carry Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever and other potentially fatal diseases. It’s a good idea to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever if there is the slightest risk that you may be exposed.
NB there is no vaccine for Chikungunya, Dengue or Zika fevers, so it’s essential to avoid all mosquito bites.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOES IN BRAZIL
Don’t panic Help is at hand in the form of: C.L.O.A.K:
C – Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing.
L – Light coloured clothing is strongly advisable. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, especially black & blue – think jeans.
O – Odours, bodily or otherwise like perfumes are strong attractants. Therefore washing thoroughly which includes exfoliating with a loofah and using incognito® hair & body wash is essential to minimise your attractiveness to biting & stinging insects.
A – Apply incognito® spray or Roll-on – incognito® mosquito repellent is 100% effective on all mosquitoes*, it is the only repellent that is clinically proven to protect against malaria after a clinical trial in the Bolivian Amazon (neighbouring Brazil) on 4008 people. Reapply when necessary.
K– Keep away from stagnant water.
When following CLOAK you can be flexible if conditions allow e.g. it is windy – mosquitoes find it hard to fly, even in a strong breeze – though ensure you have insect repellent to hand for if the wind dies down.
Malaria is also a major public health problem with over 300,000 cases each year. Furthermore, certain species of mosquito like Anopheles albimanus have become completely resistant to most synthetic insect repellents such as DEET – in fact if you use this type of repellent and encounter a resistant mosquito then you will get bitten! NB Most GPs and nurses are unaware of this. In addition there are a few other, potentially fatal, mosquito-transmitted illnesses such as Rocio Encephalitis that is present in Southern Brazil; these are all very rare. As recent research has shown, mosquitoes are becoming increasingly resistant to DEET:
In addition scientists from the same university have identified a DEET resistant gene in the dengue carrying mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which could eventually spread to all mosquitoes!
The dengue problem is so serious in Brazil that the authorities have called in some novel technology after their annual spend of millions of dollars on insecticides has failed to address the problem. Some pesticide firms are using this data to quickly go and spray the area with insecticide (cover up your face and do not breathe the toxic gas).
The bottom line is not to get bitten by any mosquito!
Incognito spray is a strong mosquito repellent that is clinically tested 100% effective on dengue-fever-carrying mosquitoes, along with ticks, fleas and Stable Flies. Incognito mosquito repellent spray is stronger than any Deet product. It has taken over 10 years to develop, is a totally natural insect repellent, and is manufactured entirely in the UK.
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incognito® insect repellent spray and Roll-on, along with other incognito® products are available at Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, John Bell & Croyden, Planet Organic, Duchy of Cornwall Nurseries, Whole Foods Markets and all good chemists & health shops or direct from their website.
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