According to a study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, scientists have found new evidence that resistance to the front-line treatments for malaria is on the rise. This resistance is especially predominant in South-East Asia, in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and Vietnam, where the study shows the drugs treating malaria became far less effective. The number of patients showing resistance rose to 20% in 2010 (the percentage is even higher now).

This may be one reason that the number of malarial infections recorded among UK residents increased by nearly 30% (according to the BBC). The NHS has also reported a ten-year high of people needing medical care and attention for malaria, with doctors dealing with more than seven cases every day.

Coupled with the growing resistance of mosquitoes to traditional insect repellents, the threat of malaria is at an all time high. Research undertaken by the University of Nottingham has shown that several species of mosquitoes are now completely resistant to DEET, and that DEET insensitivity can be inherited genetically as well as developed within a mosquito’s lifetime.

Wristbands, patches and vitamin B have also been largely discredited as ineffective; exacerbating the problem.

If this were not all bad enough, anti-malarial tablets do not protect you fully either, with around 10% of people still contracting malaria whilst taking the tablets, Cheryl Cole being the most famous example of late. The very unpleasant side effects also make these ‘preventative’ medicines questionable.

Therefore, incognito anti-mosquito repellent spray, when used in conjunction with an impregnated mosquito net, is the only thing that is clinically proven to protect you against malaria. This natural spray has no nasty side effects and has been tested extensively, providing 100% efficacy against mosquitoes. Make sure you have some handy if you’re planning to jet off in search of some winter sun!

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