June has arrived in Cozumel and that means rain.  One side effect of the rain, is a dramatic increase in the mosquito population.  In April, Municipal authorities conducted street cleaning campaigns to rid Cozumel’s five colonias of over 130 tons of garbage,  in an effort to remove standing water, where mosquitoes breed.  Mosquitoes have been known to carry diseases such as the Dengue Virus.  Traditionally, Cozumel authorities have conducted a spraying fumigation campaign, however it’s important to take additional measures not only to protect your health but to avoid red, itchy bumps often associated with mosquito bites.

Choose insect repellent in either natural or DEET formulas, which is suitable for adults and children.  Current recommendations for those choosing DEET is to select 30-50% DEET formula.  Another good option is to spray your clothing before dressing.  Natural mosquito repellants can contain citronella, lemon eucalyptus, or even cinnamon.  There are a wide variety of products and recipes on-line.   For more information on how to choose a effective repellant check out this page.  It’s also important to remember that, just like sunscreen, repellant needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.

It’s also important to take a spin through your neighborhood and remove any thing that can catch water.  Standing water is a great breeding area for the “Aides Aegypti” mosquito that carries the Dengue virus.  Pay particular attention to the peak biting times:  several hours after daybreak and late afternoon.   For more information to further protect yourself, check out some of these ideas.

In late April and early May in preparation for the rainy season, Dr. Chey, an island family practitioner well versed in the Dengue virus was kind enough to allow us to re-print his 4 part series entitled “The ABCDs of Dengue” you can find the articles here.  http://cozumel4you.com/tag/dengue/

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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