As happens every year, the warm weather and rain is upon us and so are the mozzies!
Mosquitoes can carry and spread life threatening diseases such as Malaria, Dengue Fever, Ross River Virus and Zika. These diseases are especially threatening to babies and young children. We are fortunate not to see the deadly Zika virus from mosquitoes in Australia yet.
Why do mosquitoes bite?
Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals as they require blood to produce eggs.
What attracts a mosquito to a human or animal?
Carbon Dioxide - Mosquitoes have extraordinary olfactory (smell) sensors - they can detect us from our breath which emits carbon dioxide.
Smells and Skin - Mosquitoes prefer warm bodies. They are also drawn to smells and bacteria on the skin such as sweat and smelly feet.
Blood Type - Mozzies land on people with Type O blood twice as much as those with Type A.
What are the hazards of mosquito bites?
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito (female Anopheles) which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness.
Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Almost half of the world's population, about 4 billion people, live in areas with a risk of dengue. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe. Severe dengue can be life-threatening within a few hours and often requires care at a hospital. Symptoms -high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, sever joint & muscle pain, fatigue, nausea-vomiting and skin rash after a few days.
Ross River Virus
Ross River virus disease from Aedes mosquito can cause joint inflammation and pain, fatigue and muscle aches. Many infected people also develop a rash of variable appearance. Most people recover completely within 3 to 6 months, although some people have intermittent symptoms for a year or more. Quite prevalent in Queensland.
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain. Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites. Zika can cause birth defects and is linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome.
How does Cherub Rubs keep you protected from mosquitoes?
With these hazards in mind Cherub Rubs has developed a safe and scientifically proven effective formulation derived from Lemon Eucalyptus extract suitable for both babies and the rest of the family.
Skin Guard & Skin Guard Plus are formulated with full Certified Organic status for assurance on natural purity and safety. It is also independently tested by Centre of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Thailand to provide adequate protection. These products are perfect natural outdoor moisturizers enabling your skin some comfort with the wind & sun as well as the irritations of flies & mozzies.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) since 1980 when CDC established the first Field Epidemiology Training Program outside of North America to train the next generation of public health leaders in Thailand and the region.
Giving attention to the safety of babies with their delicate skin we formulated Skin Guard with the minimal amount of lemon eucalyptus extract to provide some protection whilst the baby may be outdoors for a short period of time. With less than 1% of the lemon eucalyptus extract the product is safe for use on newborns.
Skin Guard Plus is designed to cater for children and grown-ups who may be exposed outdoor for a longer period. With relatively higher concentration of Lemon Eucalyptus extract Skin Guard Plus can provide up to 2 hours of protection. We have kept the concentration to the minimum level as the repellence is primarily from the scent of the lemon eucalyptus vapour blocking the olfactory sensors of the mosquitoes.
As parents and grandparents, at Cherub Rubs we know that kids may still get bitten from time to time. Our after bite solution Skin Soothe is perfect for relieving the itch of any insect bites. Skin Soothe is another 100% natural, certified organic formulation that is highly effective and totally safe. With Skin Soothe it means NO MORE ITCH for baby and family.
Skin Soothe not only stops itchy mozzie bites! It can also be used to give relief to anyone in the family suffering from sunburn.