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Myths and realities in French Guiana

Spiders and killer bees, scorpions, Scolopendra, abound in the forest!

No, all these insects are rarely seen, generally not very dangerous and not very aggressive. You can watch without fear, but it will not excite them and touch them. Ants, they are ubiquitous, the smallest not less aggressive, watch where you put your feet!

Do not shake the branches of trees in addition to ants, they may contain "flies" (the term Creole comprising among other bees and wasps ...) that bite here!

Beware of grassy savannas, they are often the chosen field of "lice of agoutis" (name given to ticks, mites of the genus). To protect against, s'enduire ankles and legs of an anti-parasitic ointment (or oil carapa local ...).

Good advice, nap on the floor is absolutely prohibited (in a hammock is so much more pleasant).

The snakes are a danger!

Apart from those you find crashed on the road, you will find it hard to observe in the forest. Accidents are extremely rare in French Guiana. Only a few species are poisonous; larger anacondas and boas are not. If by chance you see one, remember that snakes attack only if cornered, they have their place and role in the habitat, control your repulsion and does not kill.

The forest is impenetrable and travel without a machete is impossible!

Getting around in the woods of the forest does not present any difficulty, if not that of not getting lost (this is the greatest danger of the forest).

Under the canopy of trees the vegetation is not dense (for lack of light) and it is not necessary (and certainly not recommended) to cut vegetation to move. On a marked trail, there is little chance that you lose.

For a walk off trail, take a guide which is the occupation. You will discover, in complete safety, the riches of the forest. It affects only the eyes, it is a golden rule.

Mosquitoes transmit the AIDS!

Nearly one in four person believe that HIV is transmitted by a ... mosquito bite ... This is a incredible statistic! Yet it comes to the very serious investigation that ANRS* every three years, focuses on knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and attitudes to AIDS ... No, mosquitoes do not transmit AIDS ...

The transmission of this virus, here as elsewhere, may be due to unprotected sex! Use condoms!

Based on these recommendations, you no longer have an idea, a desire, immerse yourself in this forest legendary, you feed on the chlorophyll ... At this stage we have only one thing: you want a pleasant stay in Guyana.

Contacts health agencies in French Guiana

  • Institut Pasteur de Guyane - Tel: 05 94 29 26 00 - Website: http://www.pasteur-cayenne.fr
  • Center Hospitalier de Cayenne - Tel: 05 94 39 50 50
  • EMS 973 - tel: 05 94 39 52 00 (do 15 or 112 from French Guiana)
  • Medical and Surgical Center in Kourou - tel: 05 94 32 76 76
  • Hospital of the West French Guiana - tel: 05 94 34 88 88
  • Regional Observatory of Health of French Guiana - Tel: 05 94 29 78 00 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Direction de la Santé et du Développement Social de la Guyane - Tel: 05 94 25 53 00

* Source: Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le SIDA, 28 November 2001

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 00:17

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