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 Post subject: Re: Upset Stomach with Malarone
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All these different experiences underline just how important it is to get advice from medical practioner who knows your medical history. We all react in different ways to different drugs at different times

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 Post subject: Re: Upset Stomach with Malarone
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All these different experiences underline just how important it is to get advice from medical practioner who knows your medical history. We all react in different ways to different drugs at different times


So true we have used Mefliam for many years with no side effects, when I told my friend about it, she asked her doctor and he told her she could not use it because of her specific liver problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Upset Stomach with Malarone
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RIGHT... we have to ask to the Doctor... and to have an orderly :)

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 Post subject: Re: Epilepsy and anti-malaria medication
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Thanks WFG. :thumbs_up:

After checking the product out - which is from a company claiming to be all-natural in its very few products it markets - and reading up on other sites, I must say that I am still not convinced that I would trust artemisinin on its own to prevent malaria. The half-life is so short (as I mentioned above) that multiple dosing - not the once daily dosing advocated - seems more appropriate (also, dosing that many times a day is just plain inconvenient!); and use of artemisinin on its own will in all probability cause resistance to build up over a relatively short time.

We need to retain at all costs a drug that is highly effective for malaria TREATMENT - millions of people die from malaria annually in the world, mostly sub-Saharan Africa, and most of these are children. I feel it is wrong to whittle away that ace-card because, if the parasites become resistant to this treatment too, where does that leave us regarding malaria in the world? Very much on the back-foot, I fear!

No - until sufficient research convinces me otherwise, I'm sticking to the WHO and South African Department of Health guidelines!

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 Post subject: Day Trip with small children - Malaria Risk?
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Hi All,

We live in Nelspruit and have not been to the park for about 6 months, which is a form of torture. We now have 2 baby boys, 5 months old. I know its not advisable to visit the park with infants, but I also know that the risk of being bitten is predominantly at night, dusk and dawn. Do you think it is okay to do a day trip to the park and get out before nightfall? We will be in the car most of the time, the kids will be wearing long sleeves and will be rubbed in with baby friendly mozzie repellant. Personally I feel the risk to be so small that I am inclined to go, if we take these precautions and not overnight in the park. What are your feelings and thoughts on this?

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 Post subject: Re: Day Trip with small children - Malaria Risk?
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As far as I am aware the risk is no higher in Kruger than anywhere else in the lowveld, which includes Nelspruit. So if you are already living there I doubt the risk is any worse than that which you are exposed to everyday. But please check this with your pediatrician or GP

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 Post subject: Re: Day Trip with small children - Malaria Risk?
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Hi Sybie

Your risk at home at night in Nelspruit is higher than going to the Park during daytime. Besides malaria mosquitos are only active from dusk to dawn. The same precausions you have been taking so far seems to work OK.

And I just need to ad that I believe it is very advisable to take kids to Kruger. All mine has been going since they were very small and they all loved it and never fell ill. Touch wood. When does it then become 'advisable' to take them? What is the cutt-off age?

My youngest has just turned two and she has been to five African countries already! I am not saying that you should not take precausion, but just that there are too many doom prophets out there.


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 Post subject: Re: Day Trip with small children - Malaria Risk?
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Thanks for the replies, I will contact our paediatrician to get his view on the matter. He did think it was safe for my wife to visit for a day whilst preganant if she took all precautions, so I'd imagine the same will apply with the young ones.


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 Post subject: Malaria in March
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Hi,

I'm just enquiring if the malaria is bad in March in the southern part of the Kruger because my sister is a little bit worried about taking her children in case they get bitten.

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria in March
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We are going in December and strangely enough, the person least worried about malaria is my daughter's gyneacologist (she will be 7 months pregnant at the time)! He just told her to put on lashings of anti-mozzie stuff, keep her arms and legs covered from late afternoon and take the other usual precautions (no pills). He did say "no camping" though.
Remember that every mosquito is not a malaria carrier.

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria in March
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Bushmom wrote:
Remember that every mosquito is not a malaria carrier.


That´s true - but also remember that one bite can be enough!

In March it is still rain season and especially after the wet months January and February the risk of Malaria is higher than usual as there are more mosquitos around than in the drier months.


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He did say "no camping" though.
Why not?

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria in March
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Heya Samantha :D

When we have been in March or December, we havn't taken anything against Malaria and we have been never had trouble :) Just repellent before sun goes down and keep applying around the braai.
But I don't want you to take this to heart then I'm to blame that your sister's kiddies get malaria :big_eyes: Rather safe than sorry :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria in March
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Hi Cheetah2111,

We've been to the Kruger quite a few times in March and never had any trouble with mosquitoes. We've just used mosquito repellent and been very careful not to go out after dark.

PS - Don't worry I won't blame you.

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 Post subject: Re: Malaria in March
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I have three children ranging between 14 and 2 years and they have all gone to Kruger at least six times a year, since they were born. My wife will be four months pregnant in December when we go again (I know, I know............ I need to go for the snip).

BTW we use a caravan, never uses malaria medication, but always make sure about repellant and we have never had a problem.

I am not saying to ignore any advise, but I am saying to use the good advise and discard the rest.


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 Post subject: Re: Malaria in March
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Even though Kruger is a low risk malaria area, Late summer (March-May) are the highest risk times.

I would give the kids malaria meds AND be sure they don't get bitten by spraying them with anti bug formulaes late afternoon, and burning coils, spraying the chalet, or using mozzie mats before your afternoon drive etc to create a safe area to sleep in.

Biggest thing to remember is that if the child weighs less than 25kg, it is difficult to treat them if they do contract malaria.


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