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Prevent mosquito-borne illness in the U.S. and overseas

Most mosquitoes are relatively harmless. But some can cause serious diseases Mosquitoes can spread dangerous diseases no matter where you are.

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Did you know that there’re more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide? Most cause nothing more than an itch. But three species bear most of the responsibility for the spread of certain serious diseases. Reduce your risk of getting these diseases by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites.

The following serious diseases are mosquito-borne:

  • Malaria. In 2017, the World Health Organization estimates there were 219 million cases of malaria worldwide. More than 90% of those cases are in Africa. If you’re traveling to Africa, talk to your doctor about medications to prevent malaria. If symptoms arise, a doctor can diagnose malaria with a blood test.
  • Yellow fever. Tropical or subtropical areas of South America or Africa are common for yellow fever. If you plan to travel to these areas, you should consider getting vaccinated. There’s also an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Brazil. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that if you haven’t received the yellow fever vaccine, postpone your travel to Brazil. TRICARE covers the yellow fever vaccine or other vaccines required for overseas travel for active duty family members who are traveling with their sponsor on official travel or permanent change of station orders.
  • Zika. The CDC warns that the Zika virus presents additional risk for pregnant women. While it doesn’t usually require hospitalization, consider delaying travel to areas where the virus is active if you’re pregnant. This includes parts of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Check the world map of areas with risk of Zika for the latest information.
  • West Nile virus. The leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the U.S. is West Nile virus, according to the CDC. You’ll find cases of West Nile virus during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through the fall.

Mosquitoes can spread dangerous diseases no matter where you are. Here are some ways that you can prevent mosquito bites and reduce your chances of getting sick:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants when exploring outdoors, especially at night.
  • Use an insect repellant that’s registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Be sure to follow the product label instructions and reapply as directed.
  • Sleep in an air-conditioned or well-screened room.

Take command of your health this summer and stay alert in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases. To learn more about how to prevent bug bites, check out Bug Week from the Military Health System. And find out what your TRICARE benefit covers.

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Bug Week Fact Sheet Babesia

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2019 Bug Week Communications Toolkit

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This toolkit is full of materials to use throughout the Bug Week campaign including: Facebook/Twitter banners, posters, screensavers, infographics, templates, and even coloring pages! Bug-borne illnesses are no joke, but Bug Week is an opportunity to engage with all of MHS’ beneficiaries and stakeholders in a fun and creative way.

Bug Week Poster

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7/2/2019

This is the official Bug Week poster. It can be shared on social media or printed out and posted throughout your facility. We ANT-icipate it will help spread the word! The finished dimensions are 24x36” with a .125” bleed and the crop marks are included in the file.

Can You BEE-Lieve It Template

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7/2/2019

People will bug out when they see this fun “Can you BEE-lieve It” template. Add your bug fun facts in this editable PDF to share information with your followers about how to prevent bug-borne illnesses and the medical uses of some bugs. To use this template: Add in your fun fact, save the .ppt as a .png file, and post it on your social media platforms.

Bug Week Screensaver

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This screensaver can run on your facility's computer and/or television screens during the week. Contact your local IT department to see how you can include it in the rotation.

This screensaver can run on your facility's computer and/or television screens during the week. Contact your local IT department to see how you can include it in the rotation.

Bug Week Social Media Promotional Graphic

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You can use this promotional graphic on your social media platforms. Be sure to use the hashtag, #BugWeek2019 and tag @MilitaryHealth in your post!

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Bug Week Coloring Pages

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7/1/2019

Do you have a cool event planned during Bug Week? Keep kids away from real bugs this summer by printing out these coloring pages to keep them busy as bees!

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Print these stickers and hand them out to kids during your Blood Drives or bug-themed events. They use Avery Label 22830 (2-1/2” round), which you can purchase online. If you can’t purchase the labels just print, cut out by hand, and use tape!

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