State Public Health Officer Urges Travelers to Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

mosquito1SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is urging Californians to protect themselves against mosquito bites if traveling to Mexico or Latin America, where there have been increased reports of the mosquito-borne diseases chikungunya and dengue. Travelers should also be aware that there is currently transmission of dengue on the Big Island in Hawaii, and precautions against mosquito bites are advised; there are no reports of dengue transmission on the other Hawaiian islands.

Click here to read the entire News Release from the California Department of Public Health.

How to protect yourself against mosquitoes

  • Protect yourself against mosquitoes during the day and night with long sleeves and repellents such as: DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin or IR3535.
  • Sleep in rooms with screens on windows.
  • Check for signs of illness for 14 days after you travel. If you have fever, joint pain, or other signs of being sick, call your doctor and talk about your travel.

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