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Offline CmWebb

Malaria in South-East Asia
« on: January 23, 2004, 06:53:24 am »
Hi, everyone. I am new here so bear with me if this has been discussed before. I am planning a trip to S.E. Asia this summer and I was wondering if anyone had any advice, especially pertaining to health. Basically I want to know if people in general take prophlaxis's to prevent mararia when they went or whether they just tried real hard not to get bitten.

Thanks for any advice.

Offline newocean

Malaria in South-East Asia
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2004, 02:24:30 pm »
I backpacked in SE Asia 10 yrs ago & took malaria tablets because it's not possible to prevent yourself from being bitten.

I didn't get malaria but I did catch Dengue fever which is similar but easier to get rid of & doesn't stay in your system like malaria can.  I had a fever for several days (I honestly don't know how long I was down because I slept mostly) so beware of this.  Drink LOTS of bottled water to recover.

Never drink tap water unless you boil it lots or use purifying tablets.  Take lots of powerbars/other energy snacks with you - you won't find them over there.  Eat lots of rice & fruit because it's readily available.  Meat is scarce, fish easier to come by.

Don't let this put you off your trip because it's a fascinating region - the culture is so different from anywhere western & the people are so nice, if incredibly talkative - they'll talk your ears off if you let them, especially if they think they can sell you something.  Remember to bargain every salesperson down - it's part of their culture (unless you're in a dept store/other with fixed prices).

Enjoy your trip & let us know how it goes.

Offline dombrosk

Malaria in South-East Asia
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2004, 06:09:04 pm »
When I went to South Africa I chose to take anti-malarials even though I was there in August when the risk was low.  It's better to avoid getting malaria than to try to get rid of it later.

I would caution anyone to resist the commonly prescribed drug "Lariam"... there are significant reports of psychological reactions including a risk of suicide with its use.

There is an excellent alternative, Malarone, which does not have the same controversy about side effects.  You need to take one pill a day, as opposed to one pill a week with Lariam, but that was a small price to pay for me for peace of mind.

If you put "Larium" into google, you'll be inundated with sources on the controversy.

Hope you have a great trip!