Know the dan­gers

Go! Camp & Drive - - CAMP BOFFIN -

If you ven­ture out any­where near wa­ter there’s the pos­si­bil­ity of be­com­ing the meal of the day for the lo­cal mosquito pop­u­la­tion. There’s also a cer­tain time of year that the risk in­creases – after the rainy sea­son. This is when pools of stag­nant wa­ter pro­vide a calm-enough sur­face for fe­males to lay their eggs.

Both male and fe­male mos­qui­toes feed on plant mat­ter, but fe­males re­quire blood to nur­ture their eggs, so the one that just landed on your fore­arm is likely to be a fe­male.

Not only are they a nui­sance to light sleep­ers, but they also pose a health risk be­cause they carry and trans­mit dis­eases. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion about 445 000 peo­ple died from

malaria in 2016 – with an es­ti­mated 90% of those cases be­ing re­ported from Africa and 91% of the deaths com­ing from the same re­gion. The Anophe­les genus of mosquito is com­monly re­spon­si­ble for car­ry­ing the fives species of Plas­mod­ium par­a­sites that causes malaria in hu­mans. When an in­fected mosquito bites, the par­a­sites are trans­ferred from the in­sect’s mouth into a per­son’s blood­stream and there­after they travel to the liver, where they ma­ture and re­pro­duce. Symp­toms in­clude nau­sea and headaches while more se­ri­ous cases in­volve jaun­dice and seizures and later, death.

go! Drive & Camp says Don’t pitch your tent near du­bi­ous bod­ies of wa­ter, and keep your wa­ter con­tain­ers sealed.

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