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  •  Everyone reading this will want to insure that (5+ / 0-)

    they take precautions to avoid even the first round of dengue.  Even if the mosquitos "aren't bothering you much", use repellents in the evening hours, especially on your ankles (dengue-carrying mosquitos tend to fly low and hang out in breeze-free areas because they are not strong fliers) and use mosquito nets at night.

    As Alice said, the first time is only awfully painful and very very annoying with high fevers and aching pain (besides dengue, it is called "bone-brake fever" from the pain).  The second time can be deadly. Statistically, few people go on to develop hemorrhagic dengue, but you just do not want to get there.  There's no direct treatment, only fluids and life support and hope you live.

    So, even if it's "no big deal" and "I don't care about mosquitos" or "they don't bother me" (maybe you just don't feel the itch as much as some!), you do NOT want to take chances with dengue.

    The other thing to know about dengue is that it is most common in areas with many people or circulating people.  The carriers don't fly very far and have to bite someone else who is infected, then go on to bite you within a fairly restricted timeframe.

    In the country, in an isolate house, far from other homes, you really don't have much worries -- the mosquitos can't travel that far. (unless they hitch a ride in your car or some other statistically small chance).   But when you go into town to buy supplies, be sure to use repellent, especially in the evenings and especially lower legs, ankles and feet.

    An oscillating table fan, placed on the floor, is a good chemical free defense. More moving air, the better.

    Sorry to go on a tirade, but it's an issue in the tropics and living there full time is a whole different risk factor than just going on vacation a couple weeks a year.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 12:08:43 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the info. (2+ / 0-)
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      I need to do more and will as soon as I can find a good repellent. All the ones I've seen down here so far have DEET in them, which is bad stuff.

      •  Does this help? (1+ / 0-)
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        1. Catnip—You can drive cats wild and make mosquitoes run in terror, according to research at Iowa State University which found that the essential oil found in the herb catnip is about 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes.
        How many feral cats have you seen? Would they be worse than the mosquitoes?

        I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

        by Just Bob on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:18:54 AM PST

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      •  I know what you're saying, but the "balance of (2+ / 0-)
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        risks" that I've done say it is better to live longer with DEET applied during the worst times of the year that it is to die quickly or suffer numerous extremely painful bouts of Dengue. (or malaria, which I've actually had)  

        DEET may cause problems over long term use, but it has been researched for decades. Just wash it off once inside a well-screened area for the night (or day). Hemorrhagic dengue can kill you in a week. My own decision-making was that DEET is often worth the risk.

        There are various other formulations, but like you may have found, not commonly found in tropical countries themselves.

        I know people who say they are never bitten, but I can see the bites on their arms and legs. I think they are just less sensitive to the itching. Me, I feel every damn bite! grrrrrr

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:50:06 PM PST

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