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Unread postby peterpiper » Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:16 pm

Good advice Nunu, although I would add that I have always believed camping is safer as my tent can be kept totally sealed so remember to really 'Nuke' the bungalow. Spray and Mats if possible. Malaria, by the way, takes about 2 weeks to change inside the mozzie before that mozzie can pass it on. As well as the places you mentioned, I would also stay away from the Western boundary as there are too many people close by.
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Unread postby Bushiest » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:40 am

Thanks Peter Piper. Although Tambotie is on the western boundry of the park, it's buffered by all those private reserves so maybe it's also not as risky as Croc Bridge or Lower Sabie? After reading all the opinions on Malaria, I think I should book for June rather than May if I'm not to take malaria drugs.

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Unread postby nunu » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:11 am

Hi Peter

Thanks for your insight iro camping. Bushiest, June can still be dicey, if you really are worried then opt for August, September when all the stagnant pools of water in the bush have dried up. I think that the reserves on the western boundaries are too small to offer a significant buffer zone, not forgetting that the amount of staff and families actually living in the park seems to have mushroomed significantly.

Just by the by, I had lunch with a friend yesterday who told me that she took doxycylcine when she visited Kruger 2 weeks ago. You must take one a day for 3 or 5 weeks (can't remember). She has been so ill she actually has had to stop taking them. So think that thru carefully, no one should ever stop a course of antibiotics, its bad for them and the population as a whole.

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Unread postby delboysafa » Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:31 pm

All,

Apologies if this topic has been done to death

My fiance (who is from England) arrive at Kruger on the 14th April for 6 nights. She is getting a bit worried about malaria, with the recent bad rains in the Kruger

She has asked me if she should get some Malaria Tablets. I think she will be fine for the time of year, however, If anything happened to her, I would never forgive myself

I have got all the repellents etc.

Would appreciate any advice.

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Unread postby bucky » Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:46 pm

She has due cause to be worried , as it is we are even having infestations of certain bugs all the way here in gauteng that are usually lowveld only .
It would be stupid not to take all the precautions available , from medication to sprays .
This is the worst time of the year , from april to may .

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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:18 am

delbosafa I would suggest that your girlfriend take prophylaxtic drug for malaria especially as she is travelling from abroad. By the off chance she does get malaria or get infected with the parasites, she will then carry it with he back home.

I mentioned to WTM the other day, as we were talking about his malaria "obsession" resulting in him not taking is daughter to Kruger, that he should remember that areas such as Louis Trichaardt, White River, Tzaneen etc also fall in endemic malaria areas so it makes no sense not taking his child to Kruger and then taking her to a wedding in Louis Triechaardt.

She must enjoy her visit and not have any fear of malaria spoil her visit. Combine the prophylactic drugs with preventative measures such as using Tabbard etc.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:52 am

The two most taken medications are Doxicycline and Larium.
Doxi tabs tend to affect the the digestive tract in some people. If she has a sensitive tummy it is not a good idea.
Larium is contra indicated for anyone with anxiety or depression.
The reason I am still on this forum tonight, at 10 t0 one at night, is because I took my Larium.
I just believed, for whatever reason, a mozzie had my name on it. :evil:
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Unread postby Fizzpop » Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:16 pm

Hi All

I am actively involved in Malaria prevention and eradication, and treatment thereof, in my work capacity.

I have posted a few comments on this thread regarding certain aspects of Malaria, and what to take to " help prevent" malaria.
However, as i cannot/ will not put my neck on the block, as each product or treatment regime is different for individuals as is the protection afforded.
What seems to get everyone confused are, Products to take to Prevent Malaria infection, and what to take to CURE infection.
Falciparum Malaria is the more Dangerous/ Killer type of Malaria (one of 4 malaria types)... and is found in KNP area, Northern KZN and Mozambique.
Certain preventative medicines do not work at all on Fal Malaria! So find out what you need, before spending money.

Personally, I take nothing, and nor do my family. We cover up, use repellants, coils/ candles. We reduce our risk exposure, and dont feel ill from medication (which we all experienced on a trip to Botswana and Zambia a few years ago).
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Unread postby Jay » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:42 pm

ok, for someting a little "alternative", there is a homeopathic preventative available, is it foolproof? I don't know for sure, but do know someone who took it religiously in Malawi( worked there for over a year) and then ran out of it, decided not to worry about getting more and then got malaria.
So for those of you not wanting to take the alopathic medications, maybe take the homeopathic one's, which do not have any side affects, but do consult a registered homeopath before doing so.

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Unread postby delboysafa » Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:42 pm

All,

Really sorry if this thread is elsewhere, either I haven't looked properly or I couldn't find it

I really need some help here. I am going to the Kruger next Friday for 6 nights. I will be staying in the Southern Regions for that time. I am driving up from East London

I have never taken anti-malarial tablets and I am getting so many mixed responses. I have called Skukuza and they said I will be fine with just the repellent and religiously applying it. Of course, wearing socks and shoes before dawn and after dusk and that you have a 1 in 25 000 chance in getting malaria. The park has gotten a lot better. A have asked a few different doctors, some say use Lariam (I have seen the potential side effects of this and not a route I would ideally like to go down) and some say to use the spray etc as the side effects can be very severe.

I am not looking for an easy way out. I will take the tablets if I have to. I would rather hallucinate and think I am a monkey for a week or so than sit in a hospital for months and wish I had taken the tablets

I know no-one here is a doctor (although there may be a few), but the majority I am sure have been to the Kruger, so keen on your thoughts and if anyone has taken Lariam what happened

Thanks

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Re: What type of anti-malarial, if any

Unread postby LittleLeopard » Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:26 pm

Hi Derek. I'm not a Doctor nor a Malaria Expert, but find it quite troubling that Park staff will inform you telephonically that 'you'll be fine' if you just use repellants. There is no way on Earth that they can guarantee that you will not contract Malaria and I think information like that could be potentially very dangerous. :?

delboysafa wrote:I would rather hallucinate and think I am a monkey for a week or so than sit in a hospital for months and wish I had taken the tablets.

After all the rain the Park has had recently, I would not take a chance. I am a Lariam user and experience no side-effects whatsoever, but I believe many others do. I can think of macho mouse as an example here. I think you hit the nail on the head though. Rather think you're a monkey than get that terrible, terrible illness. :?
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:19 am

I am up late tonight due to a bee sting and not Larium. :evil:
I am now into my forth Larium dose and my body has adapted. Those who react most sensitively to Larium often have a higher level of anxiety, for whatever reason.
I will admit to having taken chances in the past, but this time, mainly due to the rains, I just felt unhappy.
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Unread postby saraf » Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:31 pm

There is another alternative to Larium - it's known it as Malarone in the UK and I don't know its generic name. There are few side effects with it - I had an upset tum, but I usually do anyway in strange country. However it is more expensive and you have to take it every day.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Apr 09, 2006 7:38 pm

Hi delboysafa - wonderful to see another member here from little old EL!!! :D

I have done the works....and with all the rain etc KNP has had and that it is still summer weather there, I strongly advice that you take Melanil - fairly expensive but with few side effects and med aid will cover the cost if you get a script from your doc.
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Unread postby kwenga » Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:11 am

Latest news on the artemisia compound as anti-malaria drug
so let's hope there will be a new and cheaper drug on the shelf some day


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