Fight the Bite at home
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We all know mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can spread serious diseases when they bite.
There is currently no cure and no vaccine for either virus. A blood test by a doctor confirms if you're infected and symptoms include:
There is no specific treatment for either virus but paracetamol can be used to treat pain and fever. Remember to always follow your doctor's advice and any medicine labels.
Most people recover in a few weeks but sometimes symptoms can last for a few months, and in some cases for over a year.
Some mosquitoes can spread rare, but more serious and sometimes fatal diseases.
The only way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten.
Wear long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing.
Use insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide) or picaridin and always follow instructions on the label.
Stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your property.