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A recent report of a traveller contracting Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Thailand highlights the fact that rare does not mean never. This chap had a very common itinerary: Upon arriving in Thailand, he visited Bangkok during two days where he stayed in a hotel. On 28 January he travelled by bus to Surat Thani, and […]

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On July 18, 2010, a previously healthy little girl aged 11 years was hospitalized in Nevada, USA after 2 days of fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and neck pain. During 21st June to 12th July, she had visited the Philippines with four relatives and had received numerous mosquito bites. (JE is contracted from a mosquito bite) […]

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Dengue – Day biting Mosquitoes

September 15th, 2010

Dengue is breaking out in Delhi, just in time for the Commonwealth games. This is not a great surprise. The virus is transmitted by mosquito bites. Dengue mosquitoes breed easily in cities. The dengue mosquito can breed in a pot plant saucer. . City with infected persons + building sites + monsoon = great recipe […]

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Picaridin is a new but effective repellent, that some persons find more pleasant to use than DEET. It does not eat your plastic for a start! . ‘DEET’ is the gold standard effective mosquito repellent to apply on your skin. Repellents work by blocking the receptors on the mosquitoes antennae, so the mosquitoes cannot find […]

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Travellers who will be visiting places remote from medical care now have the option of taking a test kit for malaria. This Rapid Diagnostic kit allows the traveller to take a sample of blood and accurately test their blood for malaria, so they will know whether they have malaria, and which strain they have. This […]

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Scientists have recently found evidence that a heparin like molecule stops malaria parasites entering the blood cells. The current medication for malaria stops the parasite feeding once it is inside the red blood cells. This is preliminary research but looks promising to help with the treatment of malaria. We cannot use heparin itself. It will […]

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