I have sailed Long Island Sound with Dr. Durland Fish, a buddy and former Entomology student at U. Florida. He told me he was deathly ill for 6 weeks and damn near died from malaria caught in Manaus, while his co-worker on the project, a PhD Entomologist, DID die from it. Guess why Fish is concerned about mosquito borne disease! If you pay attention, maybe you and or your kids won't get killed by these nasty mosquito-borne diseases. The mosquito that gives you the disease looks and acts JUST like the uninfected ones, and the bites are the same. SO there is now a new disease in the Western Hemisphere brought in by somebody on a commercial plane, who was then bitten by local mosquitoes. Brilliant.
Fortunately we do have "PERSONAL PROTECTION". DEET, which came from my lab at USDA in 1954, still works very well on Aedes mosquitoes including Aedes aegypti, helping with yellow fever, dengue and Chikungunya transmission, but NOT malaria. DEET does NOT deter malaria mosquitoes which are Anopheline species, like Anopheles gambiae. When I go to malarious areas, I use the Baeyer product PICARDIN, which does not dissolve paint, feels better on your skin, and is excellent at repelling both malaria mosquitoes (very rare in N. America) and Aedes species as well as Culex sp. like we have in North America. Johnson and Johnson sell it now too, but you have to read the tiny print to get the non-DEET stuff.
Getting mosquito bites because you are a "tough guy", or drunk on the floor is pretty much like playing Russian Roulette with a loaded revolver. Any SINGLE bite could give you or your friend or your kid a nasty potentially fatal disease. Risking it serves no purpose. And we need to keep this shit out of the rest of the Caribbean Islands and the USA. Write your Congressman / Senator today. Remember West Nile fever? It killed a bunch of people all over the USA, and is killing bald eagles out west as we speak.