Rise in reported mosquito related illnesses
Press Release Date: 22nd August 2012
With a rise in the reported cases of mosquito related diseases, it has never been more important to have a high standard insect repellent.
Mosquitoes are a big issue in Europe at the moment, with France reporting a rise in suspected dengue cases this summer.
Dengue fever is a viral condition transmitted by mosquitoes to humans with approximately 100 million cases occurring each year throughout the world.
Since May this year, surveillance in France has reported 267 suspected dengue cases among people who had arrived from abroad, said EID project coordinator Gregory Lambert.
Meanwhile, Cuban health officials have warned about an increased number of mosquitoes in the country’s urban areas that can spread diseases such as dengue fever.
Authorities in Cuba have not released any numbers on confirmed cases of dengue fever or other diseases transmitted by the mosquito but the Pan American Health Organization recently said that more than a million cases of dengue fever and 719 related deaths were recorded in the region in 2011.
The Tropical Medical Bureau have just launched a brand new insect repellent containing various concentrations of DEET, the most widely used active ingredient in repellents worldwide.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director of the Tropical Medical Bureau, says: “Travellers need to realise that it is not just the far-flung, exotic destinations that have mosquito problems. They are a huge issue much closer to home and no matter where you are travelling to it is vital that you have a good repellent to hand.”
Andrew Lewis, CEO of the Tropical Medical Bureau, says “The repellent comes in two various DEET strengths – a medium strength 55% concentration and a higher strength 100% concentration and can be purchased from TMB clinics nationwide, as well as from selected retail outlets.”
The repellent is available in various sizes and strengths and prices range from €7.50 to €10.50.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director, Tropical Medical Bureau is available for comment / interview.
For further safety tips or further information on your medical needs or to book an appointment, please contact any of the Tropical Medical Centres or through www.tmb.ie
Tropical Medical Bureau have 21 clinics nationwide.
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