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 Post subject: Re: Malaria risk in August/September
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OWN thanks for your invaluable advice.
A very difficult decision, but we don't want to contract malaria, so will probably take the Doxycycline throughout and after our stay!!

Yes we will be there 18 weeks in a row Nov - March. :thumbs_up:

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thanks for all your valuable advice on malaria. I hope that all visitors to Kruger and area read this and take it to heart. Malaria cannot be ignored or taken lightly - as MANY people do.

Crested Val -

If you take the Doxytabs, make sure to follow advice of ONEWITHNATURE and take Probiflora tablets to put all the good bacteria back and use sun protection.

Have a great time :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria risk in August/September
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We will arrive to southern Kruger in 10 days and all the family is going to take Malarone (really expensive, here a tablet with 12 pills costs 42 euro), I´m a bit concerned with the side effects on our kids but let´s hope nothinng happens.


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Leanawel wrote:
Onewithnature :gflower:

thanks for all your valuable advice on malaria. I hope that all visitors to Kruger and area read this and take it to heart. Malaria cannot be ignored or taken lightly - as MANY people do.

Crested Val -

If you take the Doxytabs, make sure to follow advice of ONEWITHNATURE and take Probiflora tablets to put all the good bacteria back and use sun protection.

Have a great time :thumbs_up:

Leana



Thanks Leana........will do!!! :thumbs_up:

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Crested Val wrote:
OWN thanks for your invaluable advice.
A very difficult decision, but we don't want to contract malaria, so will probably take the Doxycycline throughout and after our stay!! Yes we will be there 18 weeks in a row Nov - March. :thumbs_up:


You're welcome, CV. :thumbs_up: Have a fantastic time; 18 WEEKS - I am insanely jealous! How DO you do it?
If I were you, when you get to Phalaborwa still speak to the local health authorities and hone your decision based on what additional valuable information you may receive. :thumbs_up:


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Onewithnature :gflower: Thanks for all your valuable advice on malaria. I hope that all visitors to Kruger and area read this and take it to heart. Malaria cannot be ignored or taken lightly - as MANY people do.


You're absolutely welcome, Lenawel. :thumbs_up: People need to be aware what the risks are. Some take it too lightly, and some go completely overboard, so having an increased awareness helps everybody. I have seen and heard of too many people who were complacent (the Oh-I've-Been-In-Malarial-Areas-My-Whole-Life-And-Never-Got-Anything attitude) and contracted the disease. Too often I come across some who could have prevented it and wound up deceased. :cry: There have been increasing amounts of people over the last few decades staying within Kruger and, especially, around its fringes - which allows more mosquitoes the chance to carry the parasite (more people = more transmission) and so increases the total number of infective bites, and hence malaria cases.



Disclaimer: My recommendations here - though based on some experience and some drug, and other, knowledge - are not absolute, and further consultation with suitable health-care professionals is suggested before a final decision is taken on whether to enter a malarial area, what prophylaxis to use, and any general factors and limitations that need to be taken into account. Furthermore, I only advise based on what information is given by the person(s) entering the malarial area, but I have no control on the information given to me, and so such information could possibly be incomplete or misleading. Moreover, people vary subjectively as to how they metabolise, and react to, drugs and other substances, which further accentuates that my suggestions here are only general suggestions, and therefore not to be taken as pertaining to every person alike.

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THanks so much for all the valuable info OWN - it is really appreciated.

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What would we do without OWN's pharm advice, added to the fact that he also reminds us to seek advice from the medics as well? :dance:

Way to go OWN!! :thumbs_up:

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Thanks to this topic, I got the link to your TR of 2010 and I am going to enjoy it BIG TIME :dance: :dance:

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OWN thanx for your info. It is informativel and factual and should serve as a warning to those who are not sure as to what to do.


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 Post subject: Re: Malaria risk in August/September
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My thread here about taking young ones into park

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=67&t=47833

Anyways we returned from our first trip with our little guy (2 years old) at beginning of July and although he and we loved being in the park i dont think ill go again till he is older.

Everytime he gets a sniffle or starts with a little fever i get panicky and wanna rush him off to the doctor to be tested.


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Thank you for reviving that link, Gavin. :clap: :clap: Lots of discussion prevailed there, some sensible and some not. Always good to let people read thoroughly on a serious subject so that they can see all facets. :thumbs_up:

And, from a malaria perspective, and in my opinion, :clap: :clap: on your sensible decision as to delaying taking your son to a malarial area until he is old enough. Most good sites recommend 5 years of age and upwards as a reasonable age.

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria risk in August/September
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I can totally understand that Kruger lovers don't like to miss out on a visit to paradise, but surely your young child's life must be more important than that. :hmz:

If the experts recommend not to take children until they are 5yrs, they do it for a very good reason!! :rtm:

There are plenty of non Malarial reserves and SANparks to visit in the meantime. :thumbs_up:

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Hi,
does anybody know whether it is possible to buy Malarone in Pharmacy in South Africa without prescription? How much does it cost there? Thanks..

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