You are about to embark on your grand tour of Latin America. You saunter in to the doctor’s office, to make sure your shots are up-to-date. Idly chatting, you mention your travel plans.
Your physician immediately starts frowning, and muttering about malaria, dengue fever, and other nasties.
Should you panic? Are you going to a land of danger?
Nope. Take a deep breath and read on.
Latin America has it’s share of diseases, of course, and two of the most potentially serious ones are transmitted by mosquitos. This is actually good news – when you know how you can get it, it’s easier to avoid it.
The two main mosquito-borne diseases are malaria and dengue fever. Both are comparatively rare in Latin America, but both are serious and not to be taken lightly.
Malaria is the more famous of the two, and world-wide is a more serious problem. It is caused by a parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes. There are actually 4 different types of malaria parasite, which cause slightly different types of malaria. The good news? The vast majority of the malaria cases in Latin America are due to