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Preventing Insect Bites

Don't let your malaria pills lull you into a false sense of security. You must also take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquito comes out at dusk. At this time, cover up your arms and legs and wear socks. You should also use a good insect repellent, preferably one containing diethylmethyltoluamide or DEET; a concentration of 30--35% DEET is recommended for adults. Some hotels in the Dominican Republic have mosquito nets, while most others can provide either mosquito coils or insect spray; air conditioning also keeps mosquitoes away. Nets give good protection whilst asleep; coils and spray reduce the amount you are bitten. For extra protection consider using permethrin, an insect repellent designed for use on clothing which remains effective for several weeks.

With a combination of prophylactics, insect repellent, mosquito nets, coils and common sense, you should have nothing to worry about on the malaria front. If you do start to get headaches, aches, pains, fevers and chills, you should assume the worst and consult a doctor immediately.

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