My husband and I are visiting Croatia from 10 to 17 of August. I was reading that mosquitoes are prevalent in Croatia and I wanted to know is there any mosquito borne disease we should watch out for . I am pregnant and hence the need to be more careful. Is using a DEET based mosquito repellant sufficient ?
I have not been to Croatia. I am not a doctor. But, what stood out is your pregnant.
While DEET is considered relatively safe, there are cautions about using the product and its possible effects to an unborn. I would rethink the use.
But a call to your doctor could set your mind to rest.
Maybe find an alternate product. There are different strains of mosquitoes; some are more persistent. Distilled Lavender oil or spray (applied directly to the skin) has been stated as effective for many people.
Wear long sleeve gauzy type clothing to be cool but deter the annoying bugs. Wear long, lightweight pants or skirts - whatever is your choice of attire.
Here is a link to the CDC travel info for Croatia: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/croatia?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001
At present there does not appear to be a risk for mosquito borne illnesses, including Zika. You can also search online for repellents other than those containing DEET, as well as using methods like those outlined by the previous poster.
Agree, valuable information on the CDC link. Wise to take precautions as discussed. That said, I encourage you to discuss with your own health care provider what the best type of repellant is appropriate. Enjoy Croatia!
Thank you for the useful link.
We have been to Croatia over a dozen times and I don't ever remember a mosquito problem. We will be there next week and the little buggers never made it to my list of things to prepare for.
When I was a kid in 1961, we visited Beograd in the summer. We went to the restaurants on the boats by the river. We called them the
"mosquito boats" because we were overwhelmed by mosquitoes. I would say that in certain times of the year by water there are mosquitoes in the Balkans.
Mosquitoes in Central and Eastern Europe rarely can cause a serious disease. But using chemical remedies to protect from mosquitoes can cause different side effects. I don't think it's good during pregnancy. There is a lot of natural means to be protected from mosquito bites. Vanilla is a great natural repellent. Herbal and citrus sprays are good for that purpose too. Those insects can be scared off with the scent of clove, eucalyptus, anise, cedar, tea tree, lavender, mint, and cranesbill essential oils. Read some hacks on how to get rid of mosquitoes to know how to apply this stuff. It's written there about how to treat mosquito bites also. Hope there will be no bloodsuckers and it won't come in handy.
P.S. My congratulations and best regards to your family :)