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Public health advises to use DEET now

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  • By 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health
  • 82d AMDS Public Health
North Texas is home to the Aedes species mosquitoes that transmit Chikungunya Virus, West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever. Travelers who go to Asian, African or Caribbean countries are at greatest risk of contracting these viral diseases. However, the 82 AMDS Public Health flight highly recommends that the entire Sheppard population protect themselves from potentially harmful mosquito bites.

Mosquito bite protection:
· Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
· Use an appropriate insect repellent as directed.
· DEET is highly effective and safe to use. (Products containing DEET include Off!, Cutter, Sawyer and Ultrathon)
· Always follow product directions and reapply as directed: 
     - If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
     - Follow package directions when applying repellent on children. Avoid applying repellent to their hands, eyes and mouth.
· Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
     - Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See the product information to find out how long the protection will last.
     - If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
     - Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
· Empty standing water from outdoor containers.
· Stay and sleep in screened or air conditioned rooms.

For more detailed information or traveler's health recommendations, contact Public Health at 676-3052.