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1. Posted by liz123 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Travelling around Thailand,Bali and Fiji is it really necessary to take malaria tabs or could I get by with really strong insect repellent. If so can anyone suggest a good brand.
Cheers Liz

2. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

You would be a fool if you didn't take malaria tablets. My wife and I always take them when we are in Bali or Thailand, which is about once every 2 years.
See your doctor for a malaria tablet prescription or recommendation of which ones to buy.

Anthony

3. Posted by DirkvdM (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Anthony just called me a fool. Thank you very much. I've travelled around tropical countries for a total of about two years and after 1 month in Africa (my first trip) I stopped taking them and never caught malaria. Lucky, maybe. But if you travel to such countries regularly you have to start taking the drug(s) for some time before you leave and after you return (don't forget this if you take them!), which means you might as well keep taking them year-round. And that may constitute a bigger health-risk than the possibility of catching malaria. And then if you do catch it and it gets diagnosed in time (!) it can be treated with a higher dosage of the same drug you would have been taking otherwise. By the way, taking drugs is no guarantee against catching malaria. It just reduces the risk.
But if you go for just a short time and don't travel to tropical countries regularly it might be a good idea after all. Another option is to drink loads of beer. That's what they do in Africa (those who can afford it) and it does seem to work.

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

DirkvdM must have malaria, because I couldn't have called him a fool if he only joined the Forum question almost 24 hours after my posting.
Would you have sex on a one-night stand without a condom?
I know, and have known for many years, that malaria tablets reduces the risk of contracting the disease but doesn't eliminate it.
Bit like a seatbelt when you are driving.
Dirk is the The Van Gogh of disease prevention!!!

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

Just saw a documentary on the ABC (Australia's answer to the UK's BBC), and an estimated 500,000 people around the world are expected to contract malaria within the next year, so don't be ONE of them.
They interviewed an Australian girl who got malaria while in Sierra Leone last year. She said that the cure is almost as bad as the disease.
My wife and I spent a week in the Amazon in March this year (jungle lodges out of Iquitos), and we used insect repellant, malaria tablets and did not hang around outside at dusk without wearing long sleeved shirts.
Oh, and I was drinking plenty of beer in the lodges. My Visa bill tells me so!!!

As for insect repellant, check out Lonely Planet, any good independant travel website or ask your local GP who may have a clue.

Anthony

6. Posted by rolla (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

dear all,
it depends on the periods u're travelling around those countries too. there are very dry seasons over there, when it's just silly to attempt at one's own health by taking malaria pills. they do have bad side effects, even on those people who don't notice openly (liver mostly).
but i must say, together with DirkvdM, that even in monsoon season in indochina i haven't taken those drugs after having tried them in indonesia. i had very strong side effects so i decided to be just careful with mozzynets, light and long-sleeved clothes, local insect repellent (the nasty thai one's great, in blue/red tiny plastic bottle) and not being paranoid.
not ALL mosquitoes are malaric, so even if u get some bites, it doesn't mean u'll get the disease. and i confirm it's much easier to cure it if u weren't taking pills. i met many people who were cured and are totally ok. it's always a matter of luck too!!
just feel free to decide, maybe u should try them and see what they do to u. but if u feel like not taking them, just don't, and be careful.

good luck
rolla