I am a little confused about malaria in Southern China. We are considering spending up to a week in Yunnan in mid-late October, but have read that malaria is active in this region. If possible I would like to avoid taking malaria tablets, which may mean skipping Yunnan and instead travelling from Guilin straight to Hanoi. I wondered if anone knows if malaria would be a risk in Ocotber? We would of course be using mosquito repellents etc, but just wondered if anyone knows first hand (I have asked the nurse at our doctor's but she was a little vague and it's a long way to go to a travel clinic - especially as we have no car...!).
Any advice would be great!
It depends on whether you will be going to rural areas of Yunnan or just to cities in that province.
Malaria risk area in China: Travelers to cities and popular tourist areas, including Yangtze River cruises, are not at risk and do not need to take chemoprophylaxis. Rural areas only of the following provinces: Hainan, Yunnan, Fuijan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Tibet (in the Zangbo River valley only), Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Shandong. In provinces with risk, transmission exists in rural communities below 1,500 m only during warm weather: north of latitude 33°N, July-November; between latitude 25°N and 33°N, May-December. South of latitude 25°N, transmission occurs year-round.
Source: Health Information for China - CDC Travellers' Health
no need to worry at all, its kinda cool in mid-late October, no mosquito, u'll be fine, and always remember never drink water from tap
no need to worry, it is ok, do not go to rural areas, enjoy your travel!
Thanks for the advice guys - we won't strike it off our list unless we run out of time!