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Mosquito Bites Spread Staph Infections

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Loretta Davis, Chief Dermatologist at Georgia Regents says, "If you're gonna use an insect repellent you're gonna usually use something with Deet in it."

It's peak mosquito season and Georgia dove hunting season starts in a couple of days, too.

You are more likely to get bitten by ticks and mosquitoes this time of year than any other.

"Especially if you're gonna put yourself in a situation where you're with a lot of mosquitoes. If you're out in the woods and you're e hunting or if you live in a real rural area and you're out at dusk," said Davis.

Dr. Davis says the best way to protect yourself is to use products with Deet in them.

"I think the percentage of Deet is what changes. So if you have a deep woods type of product for hunters it's gonna have a higher percentage. Of course they work better, those people are at more risk," said Davis.

But the hunters I spoke with say they don't use bug spray because it repels the animals they are hunting.

They use doe urine instead so they can attract the deer.

If you aren't a hunter there are alternatives if you don't want to put on bug spray.

"There are these products you can wash your clothes in and then put those clothes on and they kind of help keep the insects away. But you're still better off wearing long pants and long sleeves," said Davis.

When it's 90 plus degrees outside many people don't wear long clothes.

But Dr. Davis says staph infections can spread from mosquito bites.

"They can get secondarily infected from scratching and all of the staph that's around now, too. A lot of that comes from insect bites when people scratch," said Davis.

With all the staph going around now, Dr. Davis says protecting yourself from mosquitoes is a good first step.

"We just know that there's a lot of staph in the community. There's definitely a lot of staff around hospitals. So the more you scratch. If you have something to scratch, you're gonna go after it. So you're more likely to spread infection, secondary infection, like staph," said Davis.

 

SC DNR Hunting Regulations:

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/hunting.pdf

 

GA DNR Hunting Regulations:

http://www.georgiawildlife.org/sites/default/files/uploads/wildlife/hunting/pdf/regulations/2013-2014_StateSeason_summary.pdf

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