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Offline Jaqhama

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Paranoid medical precations for SA...from Lonely Planets.
« on: February 22, 2007, 03:16:05 pm »
I mentioned this to Captain Slow and I think he got a good laugh from it, so I'll share it with the rest of you.

The Lonely Planet series of travel guides recommends the following medical innoculations for Sub Saharan Africa...
Hepatitus A and B. Diptheria booster. Anti-tetnus booster. Typhoid. Polio booster.
Anti-rabies shot. Malaria innoculations. Cholera.Yellow Fever. Dengue Fever.

If I was the paranoid hypocondriac sort I'd be freaking out by now. :shock:

It says for Rabies:  vaccination should be considered by those spending a month or more in Africa.
Especially if they are cycling (why would cycling make a difference???) travelling to remote areas, (Define remote? are the Bavians remote) handling animals (must remember not to pat the lions) or caving.


Phew! For a minute there I thought you South African folk could be in trouble.
One can only assume you must all be superhuman to have managed to avoid all of the above...and I've left out the ones about infectious worms and river parasites and assorted bugs, ticks, leeches and stuff.

It tells you all the ways to buy bottled water and says to boil water...it doesn't tell you if you can drink water out of the tap in South Africa...or indeed how long to boil water.
(Captain Slow assured me we can drink the tap water.)

Some medical organisations reckon 3 minutes of boiling water makes it safe enough to drink.
The former British SAS survival instructor Lofty Wiseman says that's bullshit...he recommends 10 to 15 minutes of boiling.

Interesting...are you guys sure there's nothing you want to tell me? :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007, 03:19:34 pm »
Cyclists are prone to getting bitten by dogs, and getting roosted by the land shark .
 

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007, 03:24:39 pm »
south african tap water is some of the cleanest in the world

when boiling/sterilising,  give it a minute or 2 of vigorous boiling.

I suggest tequila if you're going anywhere with malaria.   After tequila my own mother won't touch me - forget about the mozzies....
 

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007, 03:43:48 pm »
What.. we cant drink the water....!!!!! no -one told me.... :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:

:puke: :puke:


That;s why i prefer to drink beer.. :D  :D
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007, 04:17:40 pm »
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After tequila my own mother won't touch me - forget about the mozzies....


hmmm not sure how to read that....like keeping it in the family then eh?


 :wink:  :D
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007, 04:28:15 pm »
Rather buy  :occasion5:  than  :violent3: your water.  It is much simpler and easier.
 

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2007, 04:45:09 pm »
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After tequila my own mother won't touch me - forget about the mozzies....


hmmm not sure how to read that....like keeping it in the family then eh?


 :wink:  :D


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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2007, 04:51:37 pm »
Har har har har. Jaq i'm still laughing.

There is nothing wrong with the water and you don't need any injections.

Malaria pills is a good idea if you are going to Zimbabwe or Mozambique.

Zimbabwe was beautiful the last time i was there but avoid it at all costs!
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2007, 04:11:56 am »
Quote from: "Jaqhama"
The Lonely Planet series of travel guides recommends the following medical innoculations for Sub Saharan Africa...


Sub Saharran Africa ..  :shock:

lot more than South Africa (the country) .. draw a line from Senegal across to  umm Ethiopia .. and look south ..

that would be the generic warning .. good untill teh next edition in a few years .. what you take is up to you  .. but LP have covered their butts.

I need a compactor to get all my stuff on board! May be I can leave out the constupation stuff?

If your 'only' doing South Africa (the country) then LP have a book on that .. and it may be more apropriate to use that .. rather than 'Africa on a Shoestring'? :)
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2007, 04:30:50 am »
G'day Frank...you started on your way yet then?

I only posted the info from Lonely Planet to amuse the guys mate.

I ain't using the Lonely Planet guide to tell me anything about SA, Nam, Bots or Moz.

Much better and more recent info available on the Net.
Much better info available from these guys right here.

Hardly any of the places these guys ride are even mentioned in the guides from LP.
But then LP is not for riders, more backpackers and hikers.

It's ok for general info I guess...especially if you want to know where to go for nightlife and food in Cape Town and Joburg.
Or doing stuff like the cable car up Table Mountain.
(Although you can hike up if you're keen enough.)
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2007, 01:51:44 am »
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G'day Frank...you started on your way yet then?


Just waiting for the really really bad wet weatehr to set in over there before I leave :?  .. another week or two?  Must be able to find some sun somewheres?
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2007, 08:54:20 am »
hehehe - had a good chuckle at the LP medical advice. If you took all the innoculations they suggest, you'll probably suffer kidney failure!
Personally I dislike the LP guide books and much prefer the Rough Guide

I know of several UK peeps who drank straight from our taps and never had any stomach problems.
Our tap water is certainly cleaner than brittish water, especially London water (though that doesn't say much)

I'm sure someone from Oz won't have a problem with our insects either.
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2007, 09:48:07 am »
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G'day Frank...you started on your way yet then?


Just waiting for the really really bad wet weatehr to set in over there before I leave :?  .. another week or two?  Must be able to find some sun somewheres?


Not raining enough in Sydney for you mate?

I'm thinking of buying a submarine down here in the Shire. :D
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2007, 12:50:35 am »
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Not raining enough in Sydney for you mate?


Snot raining in the right places.

In various places I'd not drink the tap water ... South Africa is OK. But in other places ?

I've got what was it? 4 Japs in one arm and 1 in the other arm a number of times .. feel like a walking antigerm factory!
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2007, 10:40:40 am »
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Not raining enough in Sydney for you mate?


Snot raining in the right places.

In various places I'd not drink the tap water ... South Africa is OK. But in other places ?

I've got what was it? 4 Japs in one arm and 1 in the other arm a number of times .. feel like a walking antigerm factory!


Frank "Pincushion" Warner. :D

Lin and I are not getting any shots for anything.
These guys survive without a myrid of stuff inside them, we'll be ok.
But then I'm not riding up thru Africa to the UK.
I would get some shots if I was doing that.

I'm more concerned with muggers than germs.
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2007, 01:30:11 am »
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I'm more concerned with muggers than germs.


Can get mugged (or worse) in Sydney. Just use yer senses. If it don't feel good - get out of there.
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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2007, 06:37:08 am »
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I'm more concerned with muggers than germs.


Can get mugged (or worse) in Sydney. Just use yer senses. If it don't feel good - get out of there.


Pretty much the same here - definitely some areas that need to be avoided...
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2007, 08:21:06 am »
Avoid the local minibus taxi's at all cost. They are more deadly than the ebola or HIV or mad cow or bird fly virus combined together..... :lol:  :lol:
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2007, 09:12:27 am »
And they're equal opportunity killers, doesn't matter if you're inside or outside!   :shock:  :shock:
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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2007, 02:55:40 pm »
Are we stopping at robots in Joburg this week? :D

Or are we trying not to in case the car window cleaner is doing a more
enthusiastic job than one normally expects?
And taking the whole car?

Anyone ever been bike-jacked?

I'm kind of curious..if many people don't stop at robots due to hijack fears...what's the accident rate at intersections?

Or does this only happen at certain times of the day (outside peak hour) in certain places around the city?

So much to learn, so little time. :roll:
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