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Date:8/2/2010

ys to prevent it. "There's a lot of dengue in many parts of the world right now," he added. "For instance, Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia all have very large epidemics. So if you're going to be traveling to any of these places, you need to make sure you protect yourself." That includes using mosquito repellants and wearing long pants and long sleeves as much as possible.

According to Lopansri, the most effective mosquito repellents contain either DEET or picaridin. Products that contain citronella or other plant-based ingredients aren't as effective at repelling mosquitoes, he said.

"And if you travel to an area where outbreaks have been found and you then develop a fever, headache and body aches, be sure to tell your doctor," Lopansri said.

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For more on dengue fever, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Harold S. Margolis, M.D., chief, dengue branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bert Lopansri, M.D., medical director, Loyola University Health System International Medicine and Traveler's Immunization Clinic, Maywood, Ill.


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