Prevent Chikungunya on a mission trip
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Prevent Chikungunya on a mission trip
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    Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) is a viral illness that is spread through mosquito bites. There is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent chikungunya, but travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. The mosquito that carries chikungunya virus bites mostly during the day and is commonly found indoors as well as outdoors, around homes and hotels. If you are going on a mission trip to a risk area, protect yourself from chikungunya by preventing mosquito bites: • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats. • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below), and always follow instructions. • Use permethrin products on clothing and gear. Do not use permethrin directly on skin. • Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms. • Use a bed net if the area where are you sleeping is exposed to the outdoors. • Empty containers of standing water near where you are staying to keep mosquito eggs from hatching.
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