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Tiger Mosquitoes

How to Protect Yourself from Tiger Mosquitoes

Several popular tourist countries in Europe are experiencing a surge in tiger mosquito activity. These buzzing pests have been detected in 13 European countries, many of which are highly popular with tourists, especially during the summer vacation season when mosquitoes are most active. The affected countries include Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary, France, and Croatia. We have prepared some helpful tips for tourists on how to protect themselves from dangerous tiger mosquito bites while vacationing in Europe.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Most people infected with dengue fever do not experience symptoms. When symptoms do appear, it typically happens four to ten days after infection and lasts from two to seven days. Some symptoms are similar to the flu, such as high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The latter can be so severe that the disease is nicknamed “breakbone fever.” In about five percent of cases, the disease can become severe and potentially fatal.

How to Protect Yourself from Dengue-Carrying Mosquitoes

Tourists are advised to take several simple personal protection measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites while abroad:

  • Choose light-colored, closed clothing
  • Use mosquito repellents
  • Be vigilant during the day. Dengue-carrying mosquitoes bite more frequently during the day.
  • Use mosquito nets
  • Use air conditioning and fans. Strong air currents can disorient mosquitoes and make it difficult for them to land.
  • Eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so avoid giving them this opportunity.
  • Monitor gardens or balconies. Be aware of any potential mosquito breeding grounds in or around your accommodation.

Tourists have also been warned about the rapid increase in dengue fever cases across Europe due to the spread of Asian tiger mosquitoes, which carry the disease. Popular destinations affected include Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, France, and Croatia.

In addition, the Zika virus and West Nile virus, also spread by tiger mosquitoes, have been detected in mosquitoes in 26 European countries, including Spain’s Majorca and Menorca. Like dengue fever, Zika poses a significant health risk.

Previously, tourists were informed about the most dangerous reptiles and insects that pose a threat to tourists in European countries.

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