Since the best way to prevent malaria infection is to stop being bitten by the anopheles mosquito which carries the plasmodium parasite, the use of insect repellent is a useful tool to keep these pesky things at bay.
Apply an insect repellent to exposed skin which contains the ingredient di-ethyl toluamide (DEET).
Various types of DEET containing insect repellents are available and ones containing concentrations of up to 50% DEET are effective and the results last for about four hours.
Insect repellents containing less than 20% DEET may not be effective in warding of mosquitoes.
An alternative to DEET is to use citronella essential oil - mosquitoes seem to have a huge dislike to this particular citrus-like smell, and can be used effectively when contained in a cream, lotion or when sprayed or vaporized in the room.
To have a look at this natural alternative, please click here to visit the
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When using a DEET based insect repellent please follow the follow the follow the next safety measures:
- Use as directed on the label.
- Be careful not to ingest, breath or get any of the repellent into your eyes
- Only apply when you are outdoors and only on unbroken skin - do not apply to sores or areas where the skin is broken.
- Remove the repellent from your skin when finished outdoor by either washing the area to which you applied it, or having a shower.
- Should any of the product be ingested please consult your health practitioner immediately.
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Information on our website regarding malaria
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