At this point in time myself and SO plan not to take the tablets and be watchful for flu-like symptoms for some time after our visit. For my son the situation is different. We live on the flower-rich Cape West Coast. He is very allergic to pollen etc so very regularly shows flu - like symptoms when it is really hay-fever related. We will be returning home just as the flower season starts mid July. It will be very difficult to distinguish between flu/hay-fever/malaria in that time. Also our hospital is 160 km away so difficult to react quick enough if the fever kicks in. Sure the risk is low, but how low should the risk be before you take a chance with your child's life by not giving him the tablets? We happily survived lions harassing us in our tents last year in Kgalagadi (Bots side). Would be ironic to be bumped over by a mozzi after that experience
. We don't want to deprive our kids of experiencing the wilderness, but in doing so we want to take maximum precaution as far as their safety is concerned. If he shows side effects, then we will handle it from there.
We got a prescription for Mefloquine for our son. Advantage with it is he starts taking it a week+ before departure (once weekly dosage from a week or 2 before departure). If he shows bad side-effects, there will be time to switch to Atovaquone - Proguanil (day before and then daily).
I suppose it will be nearly impossible to keep track of all Kruger related Malaria cases, since tourists contracting Malaria after visiting the Parks has no obligation to inform Parks of the illness and if there are stats available, it is seemingly not released. I was hoping for direct and recent info but as ndloti mentioned, most data is ambiguous and generalized. Thanks for all the feedback