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Malaria on roatan honduras

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Malaria on roatan honduras

Is there a great danger if getting malaria on Roatan? I have 2007 lonley planet that say malaria is endemic there. BUT now its 6 yrs later. the pills are expensive and a hassel to take. I 'd rather not take them if possible. I know there are moquitos and sand fleas there but we have lots of DEET. Its actually getting malaria that I'm asking about.

BQG

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I had been in contact with my doctor about it. He did research and felt the malaria drugs for this area is essential. I pick up my drugs today. Not looking forward to it but considering how bad malaria is......

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For what its worth, my doctor strongly recommended taking anti-malaria medicine.

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bqg - for many, long, detailed discussions of this topic, you can use the search box just above your post - it doesn't give you lots of stray stuff - you can search just within the Roatan forum.

In a nutshell -

those who choose not to take medication say that the odds of getting malaria are low... there is malaria on the island, but not every mosquito is carrying it. They say they will reduce the odds even more by being good about using repellant. They feel safe enough.

those who take the medication agree that the odds are low of getting malaria - but that the results of winning that lottery are so bad that they would rather take the pills for the added protection.

People on the island do get malaria. Tourists do occasionally report getting malaria.

I am not a control freak, but I do attempt to control unnecessary risks. I buy travel insurance because I want medical evacuation coverage should I have an accident or serious illness. I use seatbelts and drive defensively. And I take malaria medication in malaria-endemic areas. That is one souvenier I don't want to bring home.

You did give me a bit of a chuckle. You are paying somewhere in the high-hundreds of dollars to fly to a vacation place thousands of miles away from your home, spending a good bit of cash on food and drink and lodging... and you find a few pills "expensive and a hassel" - I guess it is all in the perspective!

As to the expense - as RTB told you - there are several effective drugs. For Roatan, Chloroquine is still effective and we've never experienced any serious side effects. It is a generic and relatively inexpensive. I do get, I think, more colorful dreams... but it is hard to tell whether that comes from the drug or from being in Roatan.

In some parts of the world, the malaria is resistent to Chloroquine and newer (and more expensive) drugs like Malarone are required. Actually, Malarone went generic late in 2011, so I think those prices may be down as well.

The third most commonly used malaria drug is actually an antibiotic - Doxycycline. But since one of its side effects is sensitivity to sun, we've never considered it for a beach trip.

Good discussion of the drugs at

www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/drugs.html

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From Canada here, and our doc strongly recommended anti-malarials and prescribed chloroquine.

I hate taking malaria pills and will avoid them whenever possible when travelling, but having just returned from Roatan I'm glad we took them. Even with regular applications of DEET, I was bitten numerous times by mosquitos (take anti-itch cream too). My husband was fine. I know mosquitos love me for some unknown reason - they love me here in Ontario too.

Malaria is not to be trifled with, IMO. I absolutely agree with idiotsabroad.

London, Canada
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Thanks guys. My prescription is ready Monday. You guys made me feel better about my choice to take the meds. I was unsure. :-)

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@bqg If you're feeling lucky then don't take the pills. Simple as that... If you can afford a vacation to Roatan or anywhere in CA you should be able to afford the medication or if you have one, your drug plan will pay for it. I would suggest that you get medical advice from a travel or tropical disease specialist and not from a message board on the internet.

Another thought.... if you contract malaria while in Roatan do you know what that will do to your life? or how much your healthcare will cost in BC?

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My mom got hit with it after being here for ten years. I've been here for two and never gotten. I'm from the states. The chloroquine is actually way cheaper here on the island! I also never use deet because it kills the reef there are two mini marts in west bay that carry natural bug repelants. That's all I use. I think it's called roatan natural veil. It's made here on the island and is Eco friendly.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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deet and coral reefs...yes it IS harmful

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