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Unread post by Jumbo » Mon May 08, 2006 9:22 am

Just a warning: Seems with all the rain we had people should still be cautious of malaria, even if the weather is cooler now. This past week, four people I know of, have come down with malaria in Maputo.

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Malaria Meds - To take or not???

Unread post by Kathy » Wed May 17, 2006 9:11 pm

Can anyone offer any advice on the topic of Anti-Malaria medication. I have been to a couple of doctors, and get completely opposing information from each of them - the major issue seems to be our children aged 1 and 4. Some of the doctors say that we would be crazy not to give the children the drugs, but others argue that the side effects in small children can be severe. We are visiting Kruger in June, and during our last visit in June, I don't think we saw a single mozzie... Please help - I am scared of doing the wrong thing! :?
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Re: Malaria Meds - To take or not???

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu May 18, 2006 6:43 am

Kathy, If you can't leave the lil one home then take as much precautionary matters as possible. Rather be over proactive. Speak to some PTA doctors, they are very clued up bout malaria as many patients end up in PTA. I have heard for syrup that kids could drink. IMHO I would leave the lil one home as first prize, but sometimes u just can't so for second prize I would settle for mozzie spray, creams etc and make sure that they are indoors in the danger hours... between dush and dawn...
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Unread post by Kathy » Thu May 18, 2006 10:35 am

Hi Wildtuinman - Thanks! Could never leave the kids - they are the main reason for us taking the holiday - our little boy hasn't stopped talking about Kruger for the past 6 months. He says he wants to be a Ranger when he grows up.... Will definitely do all the 'cover up and spray' stuff, but still unsure about the drugs - suppose it would be better to take them...
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu May 18, 2006 11:00 am

Kathy wrote:Hi Wildtuinman - Thanks! Could never leave the kids - they are the main reason for us taking the holiday - our little boy hasn't stopped talking about Kruger for the past 6 months. He says he wants to be a Ranger when he grows up.... Will definitely do all the 'cover up and spray' stuff, but still unsure about the drugs - suppose it would be better to take them...



Kathy, the problem I have with anti-malarial drugs is that it doesn't guarantee you not to get malaria. So the do not get bitten and if you do check the symptoms rule holds for me.

Sometimes the anti-malarial drugs even mask the symptoms, which is really scary. But it does help with the treatment of malaria if you did take it and pick up malaria afterwards.

Enjoy!!
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Unread post by saraf » Thu May 18, 2006 9:17 pm

I read somewhere last summer that there Malerone (sorry don't know generic term) was now in a form that children can take. I'll try and see if I can find the article on-line.

Jumbo has been reporting that Malaria is still bad in Moz at the moment because of the rain, so its worth taking all the precautions you can. Have you tried asking a pharmacist - they are sometimes a bit more clued up than doctors on what can and can't be taken.

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Unread post by saraf » Thu May 18, 2006 9:35 pm

OK not the one I meant but it's relevant. Malaria pills for children

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri May 19, 2006 7:43 am

wildtuinman wrote:The problem with anti-malarial drugs is that it doesn't guarantee you not to get malaria. So the do not get bitten and if you do check the symptoms rule holds for me.

Sometimes the anti-malarial drugs even mask the symptoms, which is really scary. But it does help with the treatment of malaria if you did take it and pick up malaria afterwards.



My professor pal in the virology unit at UCT advises the same.

Spray your accommodation wth doom, put on repellant and clothe your ankles and wrists especially
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri May 19, 2006 7:49 am

Thanks BB!!
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri May 19, 2006 8:31 am

wildtuinman wrote:Thanks BB!!


You like my new name, Bushy Baptisto, given by funnyways?
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri May 19, 2006 9:04 am

Bush Baptist wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:Thanks BB!!


You like my new name, Bushy Baptisto, given by funnyways?


:lol: :lol:

I have to be honest... it was quite funny. Sorry Bush Baptist. :wink:
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Unread post by bucky » Fri May 19, 2006 9:18 am

Also always give them the medication emidiately after a good meal , something plain and not spicy.
Most of the times you feel bad from the medication is if you take it without enough food in your belly , adults or kids .
A good anti-acid will also help , as they tend to cause the kids to get a little acid .


We have given our kids malaria meds always , and seems o.k. if we take the above precautions .

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Unread post by Kathy » Sat May 20, 2006 4:55 pm

Thanks everyone - this info helps! Can't wait - only have about 2 more weeks to go!!!!!!!!!
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat May 20, 2006 7:09 pm

Kathy wrote:Thanks everyone - this info helps! Can't wait - only have about 2 more weeks to go!!!!!!!!!


It will seem like 6 months
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Unread post by pictureman » Sun May 21, 2006 12:14 pm

Just posted on the moz bites thread but i think i should also mention here that we always purchase and use an insect repellant containing DEET either 50% or 100% strength. we obtain it in the U.K. so i do not know the trade name in S.A. but it has never let us down....except when we didnt apply it properly! one application will last for at least 4 -6 hours and can be sprayed onto clothing and tents as well. seems to work against all types of biting insects.
WE have the ability to control nature....and destroy it quicker than ever before.


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