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Offline Gene

Malaria pille Botswana
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:10:18 pm »
Do you need to take Malaria pills, travelling to Botswana and north Namibia in April ,May - what is the rule here
 

Offline PierreO

Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 01:12:26 pm »
Don't think so , I don't anyway .
 

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Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 01:14:53 pm »
Been a LOT of rain up north = mucho plenty mozzies loaded with malaria. :deal:

Prevention is better than a live plagued with malaria.

We are going up there June/July and have been advised to take precautions and prophylactics.
 

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Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 04:52:30 pm »
Yes use it. My nephew and wife visit Malawi few years ago, tour leader said NO we all don't take malaria pills.
End of story: They both got malaria, puke and sh@t themselves to near death in a Malawian hospital with no services.
When they felt that they wont die it was time to take the road back.
They took the road there and back trough Mozambique.
All they can remember of the trip was the bad road cleaning each other and the bad road back.
And they are real adventurers.

We have been to Bots 6 times and northern Nam 2 times and took malaria pills.
Just ask for pills to suit  you ie. heart condition ec.
 

Offline Gene

Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 09:20:53 pm »
thanks ,much appreciated
 

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Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2012, 10:15:39 pm »
Always take if you travel in any malaria area. Get some Coartem as well for if you do get it
 

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Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 05:09:35 pm »
Even when taking pills, try not to get bitten.  Prophylaxis is NOT a permit to do what you want.  I know at least 5 persons who took the prescribed pills, but still got it.   :(

Anopheles mozzis are "weak" fliers and go for the soft skin, ankles, wrists, neck, etc.  Active around sunset, sunrise.  Proper clothing, tents always zipped close.

Symtoms start to show in 1-2 weeks time.  If you feel flu-ish, headache, fever or sore body, get tested when the fever is on.

Got it in Malawi because of burocracy, weren't alow to get our stuff on the bus at the border where we waited 5 hours.  >:(
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Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2012, 09:10:18 am »
Even when taking pills, try not to get bitten.  Prophylaxis is NOT a permit to do what you want.  I know at least 5 persons who took the prescribed pills, but still got it.   :(


Prevention is better than Curing!

I am a BIG fan of Prophylaxis and always take when I travel in malaria areas.

But one can only take prophylaxis on a continuous period for < 6months. Now I currently work/live in Zambia which is a very high risk malaria area and the guys pick it up left, right and center.

So in short, I can't take prophylaxis but have not picked up malaria. I put on "Peaceful sleep/Tabart" every single night, sleep under a net, wear long sleeve clothes etc.

Look after yourself and with or without prophylaxis, you can avoid being stung by the bastard.

Ek weet nie wat hier aangaan nie, maar dis 'n moerse sukses!!!
 

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Re: Malaria pille Botswana
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2012, 09:25:29 am »
For the love of god DON’T TAKE “QUININE”