A holiday in Africa is an enticing prospect. From the sights of the Sahara Desert, to jungle safaris and the iconic landmarks of South Africa. But, the continent is not without dangers that you should be aware of in case of a travel accident compensation claim, and one of those is the tiny mosquito.
The minuscule insects are responsible for around 650,000 deaths per year in Africa, with their ability to spread malaria. The agile bugs spread the disease far and wide, transporting it from person to person through their taste for blood, making them one of the most deadly animals you can encounter.
How can I deal with mosquito bites to avoid holiday accidents?
There are several ways to defend yourself against the threat of mosquitoes, and in particular malaria, and our mini guide should equip you for an enjoyable and safe trip to Africa.
- Anti-Malaria Tablets – The best way to minimise the risk of being struck down with malaria is to protect yourself against the disease. Tablets can make you immune for the duration of your trip, allowing you to enjoy yourself without the worry of illness. These tablets can be obtained from a GP prior to your journey to keep you safe.
- Prepare your Sleeping Area – Mosquitos are not bothered whether you sleep outdoors or indoors, so you simply must do all you can to protect yourself while you sleep. Nets are the best way to do this, as they keep the insects away from your body while you rest. It’s best to put up your net during the day time and keep an eye out for any mosquitos to make sure they are not trapped inside with you as you sleep.
- Repellent – There are a range of repellent sprays and other products on the market that can keep mosquitoes at bay. These are particularly useful at night time to keep you free of irritation.
- Diet – Like most of us, mosquitoes have a sweet tooth. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks will make your blood less enticing to them and help keep you free of vacation problems.
- Seek Immediate Medical Assistance – If you are bitten and haven’t prepared by using tablets or injections, it’s best to seek immediate medical advice. Symptoms to look out for are:
- High temperature
- Muscle pains
African holidays can be an unforgettable experience, but precautions should be taken to make sure mosquitos don’t turn your dream trip into a nightmare one.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown