Biting insects are responsible for a wide range of tropical diseases, with the most known and dangerous being malaria. We will notify you of any potential exposure and will provide insect repellents as needed.
Other precautions to avoid an insect bite include:
- At dawn or dusk and in wet weather, keep your arms and legs covered.
- If camping, keep your tent closed at all times.
- Most hotels, lodges, and other accommodations in regions with potential threat of malaria have bed nets, so inspect them for any gaps.
- If you need anti-malaria medication for your challenge, speak with your doctor or consult the U.S. Department of State—Bureau of Consular Affairs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources.
Animal bites can turn into infections, which can be serious. Stay away from animals you don’t know, even if they seem tame. And never disturb wildlife. We are their guests. Take a photo, enjoy, and keep your distance. If you are bitten, notify our team immediately, since immediate treatment usually prevents disease from developing. You can get the rabies vaccine before you leave. It is only necessary for those undertaking long journeys in remote areas, where medical treatment may not be immediately available.
For additional information related to your health outdoors, please see the following article from our friends and pros at REI.