With the Mekong Delta suffering from spikes in infectious disease cases from various diseases like dengue fever, malaria and the Zika virus, we at Vectorcide have made a huge decision to start shipment of Vectorcide coating. Our first shipment of Vectorcide coating will reach its first country in the Mekong Delta, Thailand shortly.
Dengue & Malaria Rise In Cases
Dengue and Malaria cases have recently risen in countries surrounding the Mekong Delta. Before we start, we need to mention why the Mekong Delta is a vulnerable part of the world to these types of disease.
The Mekong Delta is a vulnerable region because of it’s fast climate change, thus leading to a constant burden of dengue fever all around this region.
A study was carried out which conveys that dengue fever’s peak in the spread in Vietnam was during the summer months.
Dengue fever is commonly not severe and is primarily spread through mosquitoes infected with dengue, though you can catch dengue if exposed skin is in contact with blood that’s infected with this disease.
Cases of dengue fever that are treated recover and blow over in a week or so, but in extreme cases or to those who leave it untreated, can develop and become very life-threatening.
The symptoms of Dengue Fever can vary, but the commonly found symptoms of standard Dengue Fever are;
- Muscles, bone and joint pain
- Pain behind the eyes
Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever
Dengue Fever can develop further and become severe in extreme cases, however, this is known as ‘Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever’. It’s called this because of its severe effect on causing the victim to bleed uncontrollably in various areas around the body. It starts to damage your blood vessels causing them to leak and also begins to cause clots around the body.
Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever is a severe case of Dengue. The symptoms of this disease are;
- Suffering from severe bleeding (ranging from under the skin, in your gums, nose, urine, stools and even your vomit)
- Difficulty / Rapid breathing
- Persistent vomiting
- Extremely severe muscle, bone, joint and abdominal pain
- Cold skin / clammy skin (shock)
Primarily dotted around South America, Africa, and South-East Asian areas, this deadly disease has been a focus for us and the World Health Organisation for many years now. Recently, this deadly disease has begun spreading more often in the Mekong Delta region over the last few years now, so we’re keeping a close eye on the case counts.
Malaria is a parasite that is primarily spread through mosquito bites in the regions mentioned above. It thrives off of hot areas because of its easy infection rate. The Aedes Aegypti is the most common mosquito that carries this disease.
The mosquito will take a blood meal on a selected victim which may have a case of Malaria, from here it will feed off of multiple hosts spreading the disease in the process. As you can see, sleeping under a mosquito without protection would not be a great idea in these regions.
The symptoms of Malaria typically take up to a week to develop, but in extreme cases can take months or even years. Because of this, it’s important that when visiting or living in these regions, precautions are in place. The symptoms of Malaria are;
- Muscle fatigue and pain
- Excessive sweating
- Abdominal pain
Malaria can be fatal, so it should not be taken lightly. For countries that have Malaria constantly flying around may develop a small immunity, meaning their symptoms won’t be as severe. People visiting from areas with no Malaria are at a huge risk of catching Malaria.
To help prevent the spread of Malaria and Dengue Fever, you can take a few precautionary measures. Obviously, with the primary spread being caused by mosquitoes, that’s what you want to aim to protect yourself from.
Cover Your Skin
Cover your skin by wearing long trousers and long-sleeved tops, this way there is less surface area for the mosquito to find a place and feast on. If you are a traveller, it may be difficult sitting in this clothing for long periods, so you can try these other methods.
Applying insect repellent will deter mosquitoes from heading anywhere near you, this is what you want! When you spray the insect repellent on yourself, spray the repellent on your clothes as well as your skin as an extra layer of protection.
Sleep Under a Mosquito Net
Mosquito nets help prevent mosquitoes from comfortably taking a blood meal at night. Spraying this mosquito net with insect repellent would further help the prevention of diseases like Malaria and Dengue Fever.
Use Vectorcide Coating
Those are ways to protect yourself, but if you can prevent them from entering your house together, you’re sorted. Vectorcide coating is an alternate coating used to help prevent mosquitoes spreading infections. This particular type of coating is not harmful to any person or mammal and is much more cost-effective than other mosquito coatings out there.
When travelling to the Mekong Delta, being protected from the potential spread of Malaria and Dengue is of importance, but if you live there, definitely attempt to get yourself some Vectorcide coating that will be shipped very shortly to Thailand.