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1. Posted by as-one (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

hey all
we are travelling most of india including goa - we realise goa is a hotspot for malaria, just wondering what course of tablets are best of use...? Would it be adviseable to get it out there or not...?

Many thanks

as-one

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Is Goa more of a malaria hotspot than other parts of the country? I think you would be advised to take malaria prevention for the whole country, though you should consult your travel doctor about this. You can do this while you are getting your vaccinations and stuff updated if you haven't already.

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Quoting Degolasse

Is Goa more of a malaria hotspot than other parts of the country? I think you would be advised to take malaria prevention for the whole country, though you should consult your travel doctor about this. You can do this while you are getting your vaccinations and stuff updated if you haven't already.

Yeah I was thinking more along the lines of this as well, as my Travel doctor recommended I take malaria tablets for the whole time in India, vaguely remember her showing a map and the whole country was shaded for risk of malaria.

The tablets I got off the doctor are callex Doxy 100, with 100mg Doxycycline each tablet whatever that is. It also says to start taking 2 days before, and 4 weeks after you go to an area with risk of malaria so keep that in mind.

Erik

4. Posted by ebarreto (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

I am from goa. there is no malaria epidemic... but you will find lots of mosquitoes due to water stagnation... it is better u take usual precaution.. I have seen people applying mosquito repellant cream for their bodies.. If u want to enjoy beautiful goa no mosquito can stop u..

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

I've been to Goa/India twice and on both occassions I was advised to take anti-malarials. Ensure you get up to date information as some anti-malarials are now ineffective against certain strains in India. Last time I was there, I took doxycycline.

This website is excellent for information on malaria & other travel health.
www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk

Absolutely no way would I advise to get them there. 'Pharmacies' are often scary places in rural India - often just a hut on the side of the road with lots of dusty packets with faded labels in Hindi which get the full heat of the sun at certain times of day. Also, you need to take anti-malarials before you arrive in a risk area as they can take up to two weeks to kick in (depending on the type). I guess if you were desperate, you can probably find a private clinic where they keep medication properly and where it will be in date and not counterfeit, but it will probably mean going out of your way and a bit of stress. Just get it before you go - ok, a little more expensive - so much easier!