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This Year’s World Health Day Targets Vector-Borne Diseases

Hello everybody and welcome to the Maria Sanchez show. Today I want to talk about the topic of this year’s World Health Day… vector-borne diseases.

For those of you not familiar with World Health Day, it’s an annual event sponsored by the World Health Organization, a body that’s responsible for the organizing and directing special events that focus on specific world health problems.

This year’s event focuses on vector-borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases are diseases that are carried by small insects including Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Sand flies.

These small insects are responsible for spreading diseases including:

  • Lyme
  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Leishmaniasis

All it takes is a single bite by one of these insects, and you can be at risk to come down with one of these diseases, and our pets and other animals are also vulnerable as well.

We’d like to share a few simple precautions that we can take to protect ourselves from these diseases. When we’re outdoors make sure that you use an insect repellant.

Make sure that your window screens are in good condition and replace them as needed, get rid of stagnate water around your home, make sure that you’re wearing light-colored clothing when outside if possible.  Check yourself for ticks, and if you find a tick remove it immediately by applying heat to the back end of the tick which will cause it to back out of your skin so as to remove it entirely.  If you are bitten, run a fever or develop a rash at the bite area call your physician immediately.

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