World Health Organisations Recommends Use of Mosquito Nets

If you're off travelling around Asia, the Americas or sub-Saharan Africa then make sure you take a mosquito net with you. It is said that mosquitoes have killed more people than war. Their danger comes from their ability to transfer diseases and illnesses between humans. Dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile Virus and malaria can be transmitted by mosquitoes. Even today, between 1 and 3 million people die each year from malaria. It is particularly tragic that most of these deaths are children; their young bodies unable to put up much of a defence against the onslaught.

Bell nets are probably the most recognisable form of mosqutio nets. Suspended from a ring, they fan out to cover your bed. Those mosuqito nets which require hanging (be it from a hook, wall or clothes lines) come with the necessary kit.

Portable, freestanding mosquito nets are perfect for use with tents. If you are off camping or are else in a situation where a traditional net cannot be hung, then these provide the answer.

Those who are moving around and/or don't necessarily know where they will be sleeping, compact mosquito nets are ideal. Whilst products large enough to cover even double beds are available, their design means they can be collapsed down small enough to be stored in a compression bag. They are small enough to be carried in backpacks or hand luggage; the perfect choice for those off travelling the globe or trekking around Africa.

It is the recommendation of the World Health Organisation that all those travelling within malarial zones take with them a mosuqito net impregnated with a strong insecticide. Long Lasting Impregnation (LLI) kills mosquitoes as soon as they land on the net. "Long Lasting" means 2 years; after that you will need to reimpregnate the net, but this is easily done. Reimpregnation is a simple process that can be carried out at home. You simply mix a solution of the anti-mosquito treatment to the right level of concentration and then draw the net through. Once dry, the net will be reimpregnated with LLI.

Mosquitoes bites are most likely to occure during the night, as this is when the insects are at their most active. If you are planning activities during the early morning or evening, it's still important to keep yourself protected by mosquitoes. You may be up and moving, but that won't stop them trying to bite. Head nets are made of a fine mesh that offers you clear vision while also keeping the mosquitoes off your face.

Mosquito nets are also handy if you are in non-malarial zones. You may not be so at risk in the UK or France, but mosquitoes are still annoying. Non impregnated nets are available to keep the bugs off.

If you're travelling in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or the Americas, it's really important you take a mosquito net along. Whether you're sleeping in a double bed in a single hotel or hiking through the mountains, sleeping beneath the stars every night, there is a net suitable for your requirements. Malaria is a horrible problem, but there are simple steps you can take to avoid the worst of it.

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