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Malaria and Mosquitoes

Malaria once covered almost the entire United States and Canada.  Today it is almost nonexistent.  In a real disaster, malaria could rapidly reappear.  What can you do to protect yourselves?

Prevent mosquito bites

To prevent mosquito bites, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay inside when it is dark outside, preferably in a screened room.
  • Wear protective clothing (long pants and long-sleeved shirts).
  • Use insect repellent with DEET (N,N diethylmetatoluamide). The repellent is available in varying strengths up to 100%. In young children, use a preparation containing less than 24% strength, because too much of the chemical can be absorbed through the skin. I would like something that works well without the toxic effects, any ideas.
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Diseases that May Effect You

quarantinedDo you know what diseases were prevalent in your area 100 years ago?  While we plan our medical kits and training around injuries and wounds, disease may turn out to be the biggest killer.  Due to modern sanitation methods, immunization and antibiotics we have not had to face many of the diseases our ancestors did.  A little quick research revealed the following.

Measles killed substantial numbers of children under 15 throughout the U.S. in the 19th century

100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless.

Dengue fever occurred in Hawaii, south Texas and Florida

100 years ago the leading causes of death were 1.…

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