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Malaria, in Thailand

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

Is it 100% certain, that there is no malaria, in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan?
I was in these places, with my 6 year old daughter, last November. For the last few days, she has had a fever, for a few hours, in the afternoon. Then it goes away, and comes back, the next day.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 6, 2007, at 5:07 AM by Mel. ]

2. Posted by Bkk_Knight (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Just stay away from the forest and you'll be fine. I've lived in Thailand for over 20 years and I've not once had malaria. Malaria mosquitos are the ones that comeout during the day.. -snip-

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3. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

For the last few days, [my 6 year old daughter] has had a fever, for a few hours, in the afternoon. Then it goes away, and comes back, the next day.

Mel

Might be better to post a thread "Fever in Ireland."
Personally, I would take my child to a doctor for examination and let him do the math.

Besides a few forested border areas, Koh Chang is the only other destination of concern for Malaria.

Dengue is carried by the "day biter" mosquitos, is a more common ailment, and is endemic in populated areas, such as bangkok.

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

Mel- those areas are generaly thought to be safe- but nothing is 100%- In SE Asia there is always a possibility of malaria anywhere-- heck even in N America there have been cases of "airport malaria" traced to mosquitos that "hitched" rides in airplanes.
I would recommend that she be assessed by a doctor, and make sure you tell the doctor she was in a malarious zone.

As for Curt's comments on dengue- yes dengue is more common but the incubation is generally very short- like one week so it is not even in consideration now.

email me if you have questions.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,

I was in Kanchanaburi last year and I read that there is still a small chance of malaria in some areas of Kanchanaburi province but not in Kanchanaburi itself, so if you stuck to the main areas it should have been malaria free.

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

Thanks everybody

I called a doctor, to come and look.
I am relieved, to find out, that it is not malaria.

Mel

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

that's good news :)