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Old Thursday, December 4th, 2008, 09:26 AM
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MPA: new, dangerous specie of mosquito in Aruba
3 Dec, 2008, 08:11 (GMT -04:00)

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ORANJESTAD — The MPA has again demanded an explanation from Minister Booshi Wever of Public Health, Environment, Administrative-, and Immigration Affairs about the control of insects that are dangerous for the public health. The opposition party received confirmation that there is a new species of mosquito on the island that is more dangerous than the mosquitoes infected with dengue.
MPA party leader Monica Kock: More dangerous than dengue.The Minister doesn’t say what the species is. MPA has learned that some people have already been stung by these mosquitoes and that they have become ill. Besides, the Public Health Department is aware of these cases. MPA therefore demands clarity from the Minister and demands that the people be informed as soon as possible.
It must not be a repeat of 2005 when the Minister told the people at the end of that year that the number of dengue-cases was not alarming. After reports in the media, he had to admit that the figures were indeed concerning. He was forced to call in the international public health information (PAHO) to help combat the epidemic.
MPA has already criticized the policy of the Minister before: the island is inspected twice every year (PAHO advices four times) for possible breakout places. “The Public Health Department has already expressed its concern and Minister Wever has admitted that the government does not comply with these international standards. MPA has requested the Minister to do so, but strangely enough, he is not making any effort to increase the number of inspections”, concludes party-leader Monica Kock.
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Old Sunday, December 7th, 2008, 07:24 AM
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Default Re: MPA: new, dangerous specie of mosquito in Aruba

is this why this week I got all kinds of mosquito bites, as well as all my family. I thought it was bed bugs. We are staying at the Marriott and it seems when we wake up we have all kinds of bites on us. Are these mosquitos visable.
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Old Sunday, December 7th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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it could be either, ebb. bed bugs are everywhere. they say they are in most homes (yuck!) and even a marriott isn't free of them. mosquitos are visible but often tiny. it's like bullets--you never see the one that bit you, lol. get some off and some bounce fabric softener. between both you will protect yourself.

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is this why this week I got all kinds of mosquito bites, as well as all my family. I thought it was bed bugs. We are staying at the Marriott and it seems when we wake up we have all kinds of bites on us. Are these mosquitos visable.
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Bed Bugs!?! ok, what does an experienced traveller or islander do about these? Please let a 1st timer know. I'll bring bug spray for the other flying bugs. I really appreciate the "heads up" on these matters so I love reading your threads.
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grandma, check out this link. as you will see, it isn't just as a traveler that you need to worry. chances are actually better than you think that they are in your own home. yeah, really gross, disgusting and itchy to even think about it but it has been blasted over all news stations for the last year or so as an increasing problem. there have been hidden camera shows and mattress testing video clips about testing mattresses that will make you cringe. used, new, cheap and expensive mattresses often come with these little bugs. study the link and then start scratching.

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ironically, this morning the today show had a who thing on bedbugs. they are now using dogs to hunt bedbugs in your home. exterminators can find them 30% of the time. exterminators using dogs find them 98% of the time. it seems they aren't just in beds. they can be in anything in your home.

i haven't stopped itching since i started watching it. scary part is that they find as many in 5 star hotels as anywhere else. the recommendation after a vacation is wash all clothing in very very hot water after you get home (wanna tell me how not to ruin my clothing?) and spray luggage or keep it in a garage (wanna build one for me?).

anyway have a cure for psychosomatic itching?
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Be it known the reason for the mosquitos in Aruba, now certain precautions must be taken. After 14 trips to the island in the months of February and March, only a fly was visible now and then. Two trips after and in the rainy season months of November, December and early January, mosquitos and a myriad of insects abound. Forty people just returned last Saturday Dec. 6th, everyone complaining about their bites and two people got sick. These mosquitos and the no-see-em types are inside and outside, hotels, stores, pool area, etc. The precaution...take some insect repellent with you (most places will let you use theirs) and apply to your entire body, do not leave one square inch of skin untreated. Re-apply after swimming , showering, and at least three times a day. The Off-Wipes packets seem to work ok and they are real handy. These bites will last and itch you for almost three weeks. They are unlike the ones that we get in Michigan.
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