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Kent, England
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Antimalarial cover

Am travelling to Nairobi in a week or so and have been to the GP to sort out health requirements. I was relieved that according to the website the nurse was using that antimalarial cover wasn't necessary. However have been checking on this forum and there seems to be differing opinions on this with most saying that it is best to take antimalarials so am now very confused. What are the current thoughts on this?

Mtwapa, Kenya
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1. Re: Antimalarial cover

Nairobi used to be relatively malaria free because of its altitude, but in recent years more and more cases have been reported there, (thought to be because of global warming), see this for example


.I wouldn't risk it if I were you

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2. Re: Antimalarial cover

Even though mossies don't like altitude (NBO is over 5,000-ft), cold or wind...) where it's always been thought one didn't have to concern themselves with malaria... not so anymore. For me, Nairobi is actually the only place I've been bitten.

Get your meds, when outdoors coverup from dusk-to-dawn and use repellent on exposed skin (not face or rear of neck and wash off before retiring to bed). Sleep under mossie net, but if your hotel has a/c, you can use it instead.

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

Kent, England
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3. Re: Antimalarial cover

Thanks both of you, I was rapidly coming to this conclusion the more I read. Obviously it is time that the UK updated their recommendations.

manchester, United...
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4. Re: Antimalarial cover

Our travel clinic, in the UK, showed us a map that clearly required malaria meds for the whole of Kenya. I think it may be your travel nurse that needs educating not the UK in general.

Kent, England
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5. Re: Antimalarial cover

The website the nurse used was Travax which is used by health professionals. When I checked on the NHS Fit For Travel website it started off by saying that risk is present throughout the year in the whole country, but very low in Nairobi and the immediate surrounding area and further down says that malaria tablets are not advised for Nairobi and the immediate surrounding areas. There is a pale circle round Nairobi on their map. We do intend to take antimalarials though.

Nairobi, Kenya
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I would highly recommend the antimalarial drugs before travelling to Kenya. Me personally am a Kenyan and i take these before travelling.

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7. Re: Antimalarial cover

One of the best things one can do is find and make contact with an experienced tropical diseases specialist back home - before you leave for the holiday. That way if you suspect that you may have picked up something (i.e. malaria) you can have it looked at quickly by someone who will know what to look for. Malaria can manifest in different ways and not always as a traditional fever. Some years ago a friend returning from Mozambique almost died after being diagnosed initially as having 'gastric flu' (he was told 'we have a tummy bug going around'). By the time someone thought to look for malaria he was in critical condition. He survived luckily. I've always thought it's a good lesson to heed.

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Even if the risk is very low it is still important you are safe . Malaria is not something you want to come home with.

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