The lamok – the Tagalog word for mosquito, is a pest many of us despise more than any other airborne bug. Most people would take a trail full of ants marching up the walls over a room with a single mosquito in it.
It is estimated that half the people who have ever lived have died as a result of mosquitoes and the diseases they harbor. By now, we all know that mosquitoes are the vessels by which malaria, dengue, West Nile, and now the zika virus are being transported worldwide.
With the upcoming Olympic games taking place in Rio De Janiero, a known hotspot for the zika virus, world health officials fear for the worst. The games could allow for an outbreak on a global scale, something that most countries are not prepared to handle, especially the Philippines.
Though I doubt that many of the people who take the time to read this will actually attend the Olympic Games, that doesn’t mean that you won’t come in to contact with someone who has, furthermore – with all the rain outside these days it doesn’t hurt to get a reminder of just how nasty this stuff can be.
The area we live in is prone to gathering shallow pools of water after the rain – whether it is on the street, the roof, or in the backyard. Even an uncovered toilet bowl offers enough water for mosquitoes to lay eggs and hatch. Unless you have had dengue fever personally, trust me when I say, they don’t call it break bone fever for nothing. Dengue doesn’t have nearly the notoriety of malaria or zika have garnered; regardless, there is no such thing as a good mosquito born illness.
Prevention begins by removing any standing water from around your house. Avoid wearing dark colored clothing and going outside during dusk or dawn. If you want an extra layer of protection, try citronella candles or soap.