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Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

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Johannesburg, South...
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Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

Hi - heading to Zanzibar (hopefully after a lot of hassle with Precision) next week - have been advised we don't need malaria tablets as we are only staying on Zanzibar & nowhere else in Tanzania. What do people think? I would prefer to avoid taking them but also want to be safe…. thanks

Ottawa, Canada
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1. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

With all due respect, if a health advisor has told you this, why would you ask a bunch of strangers to advise about your health and about a potentially fatal disease? You can do your own medical research on the web to support or refute the advise. If this is from a non health professional, however - then book a travel physician's visit now as you may need to start meds two days before arrival.

Though you may well receive people's opinions here; they are only opinions.

Johannesburg, South...
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2. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

It was from the owner of the hotel - hence why I am after a 2nd opinion from "experts" on the island who know the area well - not a "bunch of strangers" - with all due respect!

Ottawa, Canada
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3. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

Well, most of the experts don't live on the island, so we are a bunch of strangers. ;-) Best to confirm with a health professional, but maybe some of the Tour Operators from Zanzibar will chime in.

Isle of Man, United...
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4. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is malarial as is all the coast of East Africa.

Talk to your Doctor NOT a Hotel owner.

nyc
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5. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

People who live/work in Tanzania for long extended periods... like 'life' rarely take malaria meds, but I can assure you most all of them have contracted Malaria at least once and probably more than that. Locals know how to determine whether they have contracted the disease and are immediately treated, but this deadly disease can live in the human body for life. Besides, while systems usually appear within 10/days... malaria has been known to live in the body up to a year or two before systems appear.

Malaria kills over 1/million worldwide annually; mossies who carry malaria are out and biting from dusk to dawn, whether on the mainland, but especially in a tropical environment - hot//humid - which Zanzibar most definitely is.

Malaria is not the souvenir you wish to bring home from holiday.

Discuss with a doctor or tropical diseases specialist.

Edited: 2:39 pm, December 03, 2012
Johannesburg, South...
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6. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

Will do - top of my list for tomorrow. Thanks!

Findlay, Ohio
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7. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

If you don't mind contracting malaria, which can kill you, then don't take them. Otherwise do like most travelers there and take malaria prophylaxis medications.

Johannesburg, South...
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8. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

Noted….

Antwerp, Belgium
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9. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

See this site:

www.itg.be/itg/GeneralSite/Default.aspx…

and look to - East and Central Africa - Zanzibar

Greetings,

Nashville, Tennessee
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10. Re: Do we need malaria tablets for Zanzibar?

With all due respect Kukske17, as a physician, I do not agree with the total recommendatins made by the website you quoted. AS a matter of fact, neither does the CDC or the travel medicine institute at any of the 4 universities I have contacted. I think it is irresponsbile to say that mosquito repellants are 100% effective in preventing malaria. Or to say that if staying at a good hotel at night, then no anti-malarials are needed. (both are stated or implied) Or to say that if you get a fever, then start treament. It may be too late. The treatments are NOT 100% effective and malaria can stay dormant for long periods of time. I would question the validity of the statements on the website (as would many health professionals). It is generally accepted to take the prophylaxis for visits to Zanzibar.