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07 Apr 2014 03:11:31 MDT Written by: Administrator

World Health Day – “Small Bite: big threat”

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). Mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs may be a threat to your health – and that of your family - at home and when travelling. This is the message of this year’s World Health Day, 7 April, which highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the serious diseases that these “vectors” can cause.

What are vectors? Vectors are small organisms such as mosquitoes, bugs, ticks and freshwater snails, that can carry disease from person to person and place to place.

Who is at risk? More than half of the world’s population is at risk of these diseases. Increased travel, trade and migration make even more people vulnerable. These diseases are commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic.

How can I protect myself? Vectors may be a threat to you at home and when traveling. Take these simple measures to protect yourself and your family:

  • Use insect repellant
  • Get rid of stagnant water from places where mosquitoes breed (such as old containers or flower pots)
  • Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants

 

The infographic "Vector-borne diseases", created for World Health Day 2014, highlights a number of measures people can take to protect themselves from vector-borne diseases. Click here to view.

 

 

(source: World Health Organization) 


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