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Do I need anti malarials

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Do I need anti malarials

Hi all,

Looking for a little advice - I'm travelling to Lagos soon for work and will be staying for 5 nights. I won't be doing any sightseeing at all and will be literally going from the hotel, to a car, to the office and back again - outside time should be minimal (and in daylight). I'll be treating my clothes with Permithrin and using something like DEET (need to research best one) on my skin.

We're staying in a 'good' hotel - Radisson Blu Anchorage - and when I contacted them they advised we don't need mosquito nets as there is air conditioning in the room, otherwise I would take one :)

My question is - with all of this in mind and limited chance of exposure - do I really need to take anti malarials? The reason I ask is my body always reacts terribly to medication, and i don't want to end up ill and missing the meetings I'm there for. Besides its not 100% effective anyway.

Just curious to hear your thoughts, thanks :)


1. Re: Do I need anti malarials

Is it worth the risk. If you don't mind taking it the don't use them. Personally not worth it

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I would personally pass on the malaria prophylaxis, but I"m not a doctor and have no business giving medical advice. Some of the big companies with expats here mandate they take the pills.

I rarely see mosquitos in the city and have only been bitten once or twice in the year that I've lived here. Radisson Blu is on the water and has a nice outside bar area, just be sure to wear DEET when enjoying it.

If you can, try to purchase a malaria test kit while in Lagos. These kits give a rapid diagnosis, where normal blood tests that would be available outside of malaria-infected areas can take weeks to give results. Be sure to seek medical attention at the first sign of flu-like symptoms.

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Just get the yellow fever vaccination 10 days before you travel.

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I think take them, even though I agree the risks aren't the biggest, just because malaria can be so unpleasant so it's not worth it. My Nigerian friends do get malaria quite frequently, like we would the cold or flu, so the risk is tangible, and if you do get it, without anti-malarials it becomes debilitating very quickly. . Agree about the nets in your room, a/c seems to just kill mosquitoes. I didn't get bitten much in Lagos, comparatively. Agree about the yellow fever thing though- i didn't get it, because I was only going to be in Lagos, but it was a massive bribe trap in the airport. I got through in the end without it, and without paying the bribe, but get every piece of paperwork you can and you will minimise the opportunities.

Oh- and you know what? I mainly got bitten during the day, rather than in the evening. Go figure.

Edited: 6:46 pm, October 22, 2013
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If you've gone already, too bad. Otherwise I'd advice you to slather on the mosquito repellent day and night like it's going out of style. In fact, what I'd really advise is to take the medicine, but if you don't want to, then you have to be extra extra careful not to get bitten. Even if there's only a 1% chance of getting malaria, believe me, you DON'T want to get it. If you survive you will feel rotten for weeks afterwards and miss more than a few minutes, I guarantee it.

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Edited: 9:20 am, November 04, 2013
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Some would even say than a G&T would do. Now why running the risk not to get protected? The days of the Lariam and other drugs with so many secondary effects are behind us! Now modern drugs such as Malarone have little to no secondary effects. And it is only one take a day. No reason to run useless risks. In addition, the airport is under reconstruction with some areas without A/C, and open to the outside, and you will spend probably more than one hour there, in a hot and humid atmosphere, right after several hours in a fresh and very dry plane. So:

- Yellow fever (well, no choice here, it is mandatory)

- Anti malarial (check with your doctor)

- Escort from the airport.

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