(HealthDay News) -- If you're traveling abroad, taking precautions to prevent insect bites can help reduce the risk of illness.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these suggestions to help protect against insect bites and the diseases they transmit:
- Avoid traveling to places where there is an outbreak of a disease.
- Adjust your plans and activities so as to avoid peak exposure times and locations.
- Protect skin by wearing long-sleeved clothing, hats, boots and insect repellent on your clothing to prevent insects from reaching your skin.
- Carefully inspect your clothing and skin at the end of the day to look for ticks.
- Use a bed net if you are staying in a place that isn't properly air-conditioned or screened.
- Consider using insect repellents and insecticides, as well as products that repel insects from your room.
-- Diana Kohnle
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