General Measures on Preventing Mosquito-borne Diseases


1. Wear loose, light-coloured, long-sleeved tops and trousers, and use DEET-containing insect repellent on exposed parts of the body and clothing.

2. Take additional preventive measures  in outdoor activities:

  •   Avoid using fragrant cosmetics or skin care products
  •   Re-apply insect repellents according to instructions

3. Special notes when travelling abroad:

  •  If you travel to areas where malaria is common, arrange a consultation with doctor at least 6 weeks before the trip for preventive measures and obtain anti-malarial drugs for prophylaxis if necessary.
  •  The prescription of anti-malarial medication depends on several factors including but not limited to the itinerary, time of travel, types of activity and past medical history of the travelling. If you decide to take such medication,you should start taking the drugs before the trip,continue throughout the journey and until some time after leaving the area according to the instruction of the doctor.
  •  During the trip,if travelling in endemic rural areas,carry a portable bed net and apply permethrin (an insecticide)on it. Permethrin should NOT be applied to skin.Seek medical attention promptly if feeling unwell.
  •  During your visit abroad or after coming back to Guangzhou,if you have symptoms of malaria,seek medical advice immediately and provide travel details to the doctor.Urgent blood tests may be performed and prompt treatment is vital.

Help prevent mosquito proliferation
1. Prevent accumulation of stagnant water
2. Control vectors and reservoir of the diseases.

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