Insect bite prevention

Many travel-related diseases are spread by infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, or flies. Before you travel, be aware of the insects at your destination that cause disease and know their peak biting times (e.g. day vs. night) and areas (e.g. indoors vs. outdoors, rural vs. urban).
To minimize your risk, you should always take protective measures to avoid insect bites and ensure you have the appropriate preventive vaccines and/or medications.


Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Protect yourself from bites:

1)   Cover up:

2)   Use insect repellent on exposed skin:

3)   Consider your accommodations:

4)    Sleep under a bed net, preferably treated with insecticide:

5)   Wear permethrin-treated clothing for greater protection:

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