Protecting Yourself from Dengue Fever

October 2011

The Health Departments of Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo confirm dengue and hemorrhagic dengue cases are on the rise in these states.

Dengue is spread by mosquitoes. To reduce the risk of contracting dengue, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing clothing that exposes as little skin as possible and applying a repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 as the active ingredient. Additional precautions include:

  • Installation of screens on all entrances to your living quarters and ensuring there are no areas near your home of stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed

  • Keep the interior and exterior of your house clear of places and things where mosquitoes may procreate (i.e. clean water fountains and ponds, empty buckets, trash cans, containers, etc.)

  • Keep your lawn trimmed and pruned. Trim weeds and dispose of your organic trash frequently. Check your patio/terraces for standing water and material that may attract mosquito presence.

  • Dispose or tip over all containers that may hold water. Wash plant pots and wash your pet's water dish.

  • Check if the water tank (tinaco) on your roof is properly covered. Inspect for holes or damage in your window screens, sliding doors screens, etc.

  • Consider outdoor fumigation services to control mosquito population in the exterior areas of your home.

For further information on dengue fever, please visit the CDC's Web site.

How to Contact Consulate Mérida and the Consular Agencies in Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel

Everything you need to know about contacting the Consulate in Mérida, or along the Mayan Riviera, can be found at this U.S. Consulate web site.

We thank Yucatan Living for sharing this information.


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