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1. Posted by EmmylouSA (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hiya,

Myself and a friend travelling through west and east africa, ala local trabsport, for 9 months from beginning april 2007. Have got enough Mefliam for the whole trip, except the doxy for the 3 weeks in Zanzibar to do some diving. We have both taken mefliam before, for up to a month, with no side effects, but 9 months is a whole nother story!

Some poeple who have travelled same places we going have told us to definitely not take anti-malaria meds and just make sure we dont get bit by mossies, others have been on the meds but still got malaria. i'm sure you guys know the questions and drill, etc, etc.

would just like some input and advice from experienced Africa travellers... any ideas to help me with my decision?

dont really want to end up somewhere other than home!

thanks guys
xxxe

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

There are still chances you will get malaria when you use the meds, but it's almost impossible not to get bitten by mosquitos at all. The risk is just too high, I would definately advise usring some meds for sure. It might be expensive, but just do it.

3. Posted by maasai (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

The best remedy is to get mosquito repellants. Combine with anti malaria tabs.That is the only solution

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Emmylou

I met a British doctor, when I was in Kenya. She was working there, for 2 years. She had a stash of anti malaria medication, to prevent malaria, and some quinin(this is what is/was used, to treat Malaria), for when(yeah, she said when, not if) she got malaria. I suggest u do the same. Taking anti malaria medication does not give u a 100% protection from getting malaria.

Also, use a mosquito repellant, with DEET. If u are staying in a place, where there are a lot of mosquitos, use one with 95% DEET. This is banned in some countries, in the world, so u may not be able to get it, in yours. Maybe one can buy it, in some African countries, since Malaria is such a problem there.

To get extra protection, against bites, impregnate clothes in Permethrin.

Mel

5. Posted by polhill (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

95% DEET is probably a bit overkill, I tried 100% DEET in the Congo Jungles which I think is more malarial anyway and it was so strong that it melted my watch strap. So I mixed it with some 20% and it still did the trick. Go with something a bit less hardcore.

6. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

Hi Emmylou,
Just travelled the length of Africa, but not the west. I took Lariam and was fine, most others on trip were on doxy. One girl neglected to take hers and got a mild dose of malaria. Utterly impossible to not get bitten, 50% deet is ample though, just keep reapplying. I hate deet or anything icky like that so got bitten quite a lot but luckily no malaria.
Take the meds, and take precautions. You can always buy a malaria 'cure' for if you get it. And, if on Doxy, plenty of sunscreen, our guys all had 'doxy nose' (bright red!). And most of all, have a great time!
Claire

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting polhill

95% DEET is probably a bit overkill, I tried 100% DEET in the Congo Jungles which I think is more malarial anyway and it was so strong that it melted my watch strap. So I mixed it with some 20% and it still did the trick. Go with something a bit less hardcore.

Melted your watch strap?
Makes me wonder what it did to your skin!!!;)

8. Posted by maasai (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

u damn sure it melted u r strap? then what did it do to your skin?

9. Posted by polhill (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Trust me, buy some and experiment, see what you can melt, luckily i'm not made of plastic and so didn't melt, but I doubt its particularly good for the skin.

10. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

i just returned from two weeks in kenya and a week on zanzibar. on zanzibar i fell ill....guess what with....malaria.

i used mosquito repellant and took malarone.

i only got bit 4 times during the whole trip and one of them were infected.

i think its luck!?