Mar 16, 2012, 1:45 PM
Post #14 of 15
Jonna, old friend. I am sorry to learn of your recent illness.
There are a few cases of dengue fever everywhere, every year in México. Whenever you have “reporters” that are paid by the word, you will sometimes read that a very few scattered cases are an “epidemic.”
Even a very few cases are bad news if you are a victim. We get a very few cases of dengue every year here in Cuernavaca, mostly in the southern part of the city, or in the Municipio of Temixco, which abuts up against the southern city limits here.
A housekeeper we used to employ sometimes, lives in Temixco, and she had dengue a few years ago. My late wife called her, she wanted to visit her to see if there was anything she could do to help. The lady said NO! Do not come here, lots of people have dengue this year in Temixco, if you get bitten, you will be very sick yourself.
When I was still working as an instrument technician in Alaska, my work often took me to the military bases up there to tune up their mechanical systems. I could always get some military grade DEET there, it is probably the strongest solution they make.
I don't even know where to buy DEET here. I recently found some OFF! Brand insect repellant in the farmacy at a new Superama supermarket here though. Superama is owned by Sam's Club – Wal Mart here, We now have 4 Superama 's here now.
We do not have a big insect problem here, the house is fairly new, and the windows are all screened. Whenever we have had a housekeeper in to clean the house, they like to open all of the windows, including the screens, to get fresh air in the house. Whenever they leave, I can hear one or two mosquito’s buzzing around my head when I turn the lights off at night. My suegra told me she often has the same problem after a housekeeper has been here.
I bought a couple of cans of the OFF! in spray cans to use while traveling, and a couple of tubes of the OFF! Gel to use at night, I keep that tube in my nightstand next to my bed now. The instructions say to keep it out of your eyes, nose and mouth, So I told my suegra to just put a dab of it on each cheek of her face, and on her arms if we have any more mosquito's in our bedrooms at night.
I don't know how effective OFF! May be, but I don't want to give those little devils a chance to make me very ill.
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