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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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I have not contracted Malaria, but I have developed tick bite fever after a recent visit.

I tend to have reactions to the medications, so I rather use repellants and large doses of Vitamin B. Thiamine (Vitamin B something) has been recommended as an extra precaution.

I go for a blood test immediately, if I start to develop flu like symptoms following a trip.

We did have one nasty scare at Tambotie. My daughter left the tent door wide open when we went for a drive. When we arrived back the room was thick with mozzies. We tried our best to get rid of the mozzies, but I did get quite badly eaten during the night.

I was particularly vigilant after that trip, but we were both fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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We had a fantastic time in KNP in May 2010 - caravaned at Shingwedzi and Tsendze. Took all the usual precautions but nevertheless I came down with Malaria two weeks after we returned home. Despite telling the doctor/s that I had recently returned from a Malaria area I was treated for everything else. It took them 3 weeks before one of them woke up and took tests for Malaria - needless to say they were positive! 4 days later I was finally discharged from hospital...........
When we arrived at Tsendze, Rodgers told us that Eleena had just been discharged from hospital in Phalaborwa having been admitted with Malaria. So suspect that it was there where I got bitten! KNP staff cannot take any medication and rely solely on precautions such as sprays; candles; covering up etc. and the fact that relatively few of them get Malaria proves that, for those who have nasty reactions to the medication, the precautions mentioned in previous posts do work most of the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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Glad I could enlighten you on that matter Carol g. :mrgreen: Mosquitoes are attracted to the sweetness in most scents.

Tent dweller, thanks for the sandalwood sticks, environmentally friendlier than the green stuff I light up. :tongue:


PNF it is shocking that in this day and age some doctors still wait too long to test for malaria. When I develop even a fever I go for tests, sometimes even twice as on many occasions people are only diagnosed with malaria after the third round of blood tests. I no longer use the medication, I develop nasty reactions to it, but I do take all the other precautions there is.

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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I know of one person that contracted malaria in KNP that manifested as the cerebral form, and unfortunately died.

My family and I don't take meds , but make sure we cover up etc.

It is a bit of a number game with the chances decreasing dramatically the less infected people there are close by. So you are less likely to contract malaria in an isolated camp, than for example in the areas to the west of KNP. The biology is also very interesting, as the female anopheles needs to have fed 3 times (and the first time on an infected individual) laid eggs 3 times, before she is infectious , so at least 12 days old. By this stage they apparently have such damaged wings that they can hardly fly!

I think the biggest problem is poor diagnosis. If you have any flu like symptoms after visiting a malaria area, INSIST on a malaria test. and another one very soon if the symptoms don't clear. Probably also better to go to a travel doctor.

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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Not Kruger but I know atleast 2 that got Malaria at Mapunghubwe but that was years ago.

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O, and for the little ones there is citronella oil ‘bangles’ for around their wrists and ankles. They tend to be quite fond of it after a while :lol:


I saw that. They sell them in the Park's shop. Very quick and easy to use! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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Luckily me nor my companions never had malaria
My SO used Lariam the first time but the side effects were so severe ( feeling down and agressive ) that we
decided not to use any meds.
But know that my luck can run out

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Rooikat wrote:
My aunt contracted malaria in Mopani two years ago...in January.


Rooikat, did she not take ANY precautions at all? :doh: :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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tent dweller, she used Tabard etc, but did not take prophylactics. She is a very intelligent, proactive woman (headmistress at a primary school) and was not ignorant about malaria - just chose not to take the tablets too.

For me, this has underlined the fact that it only takes that one unfortunate bite to get malaria.

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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SAF wrote:
I just thought this is an interesting topic.We love KNP and we usually end up going throughout the year.the only thing that always puts doubts in our mind is the malaria issue.personally I have never heard from anyone I know that has contracted malaria in KNP.i know it is a malaria risk area but I want to find out how serious it is.
I heard Sanparks spray DDT to help prevent malaria don't know how true it is.I know it takes 1 mosquito to pass it on but just thought it is interesting to know.
Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?


According to IOL media reports last week there were 6 suspected cases of malaria reported in the Hazyview area. Five cases were apparently confirmed. I've never heard of anyone being infected in the Park. Even St Lucia and Sodwana Bay are reportedly clear


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Dream Weaver wrote:
My Dad died of cerebral malaria that he caught in the Kruger Park despite having taken precautionary medication.


:shock: :( :( :( :( , sorry to hear about your dads passing Dream Weaver, what precautionary measures do you take when visiting the park?

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 Post subject: Re: Have you or anyone you know contracted malaria in KNP?
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Dream Weaver wrote:
We also take vitamin B1 tablets.


Thanks for the advice Dream Weaver. I see many people do take B vitamins. Excuse me for asking a stupid question, but how exactly does B1 or other B vitamins prevent contracting malaria or attracting mosquitoes? Either way, I’m stocking up on it :D

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I heard the Vit B somehow changes the "taste" of ones blood which is not to the liking of the mosquitoes.
but not sure how scientific or proven it is.


:hmz: Will give it a try

Once in the park someone used that as their excuse for their copious ‘brandy and coke’ consumption. :mrgreen:

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Some research would be beneficial. Please share.........
I didn’t find much, but stumbled upon the following on the site of the American Mosquito Control Association

“As you can see, the situation is complicated and will require many years of testing before it can be sorted out. Visual stimuli, such as movement, also factor into host-seeking. What can be safely stated, though, is that ingestion of garlic, vitamin B12 and other systemics has been proven in controlled laboratory studies to have no impact on mosquito biting. Conversely, eating bananas did not attract mosquitoes as the myth suggests, but wearing perfumes does. People drinking beer have been shown to be more attractive to mosquitoes. Limburger cheese has also been found to be attractive. Scientists have theorized that this may explain the attractancy some mosquitoes find for human feet” :hmz: (wonder if this would apply to the mozzies in SA?) :hmz:

http://www.mosquito.org/faq

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Here is another article about taking Vitamin B, found here

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There's no doubt mosquitoes prefer some people over others, but can vitamin B turn someone who is usually a target for mosquitoes into a turn-off.

Although this home remedy is often espoused in the popular press there's no solid scientific evidence to back it up. Medical entomologist Dr Cameron Webb says taking vitamin B before your next BBQ will do little to keep mosquitoes at bay.


And research done my Prof de Jager from the University of Pretoria. Found here

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Malaria myths

It is better to take no preventative steps, because that hides symptoms and makes it harder to diagnose the disease.
There is a new, deadly type of malaria.
Preventative medicines offer no protection against the development of cerebral malaria.
Malaria is incurable.
Preventative medicines need only to be taken during a visit to a malaria area.
One can stop using these medicines if you have not been bitten.
People who are seldom bitten by mosquitoes need not take preventative medicines.
It does not help to take medicines against malaria as it is not 100% effective.
The side effects of the preventative medicines are worse than malaria itself.
Garlic, Vitamin B and ultrasound equipment can protect you against malaria.
You need not take preventative steps if you are going to be in a malaria area for only a few days.
Mosquitoes only bite after dark.
The pesticide DDT is the best weapon against malaria.
Climate change will cause a sharp rise in the number of malaria cases.
Malaria cannot be transmitted through blood transfusions.
Malaria is only a danger to young people and senior citizens.
You need not worry about malaria in the dry season.
Malaria can be cured with homeopathic medicines and the use of herbs.

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