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london
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malaria

we are going to kalutura soon, my practice nurse says we dont need to take malaria pills.

but I am finding conflicting advice on the internet, any views.

Fredericia, Denmark
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1. Re: malaria

If you are only staying on the coast you don't need to take malaria tablets.

Hans

Pontypridd, United...
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2. Re: malaria

This is why your practice nurse is advising no need

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-malaria-map.aspx

... but is it correct?

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3. Re: malaria

this is a simple article which backs up the advice

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-malaria-map.aspx

the more detailed research is available at:

plosone.org/article/…2Fjournal.pone.0043162

london
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4. Re: malaria

Thanks for all your answers, we do hope to do some trips out (have to see what is on offer ) but maybe kandy and the hill county, and yala.

I have looked at the fit to travel website and it looks like we will be alright without malaria pills there as well. Looks like only recommended for the far north like our practice nurse said, but still a bit dubious. what do most travellers do

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5. Re: malaria

Hi we did all the tours you are wanting to do - you won't be disappointed we had a fantastic time - back to the question we didn't need malaria tablets but take repellent and use it day and night - we used it all the time and didn't get bitten at all

Better to be safe than sorry

Hope you have a great time

Boston, MA, USA
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6. Re: malaria

Our travel medicine specialist suggested that we take malaria tablets while in Yala

Pickering, United...
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7. Re: malaria

After 21 days we have just returned from Kalutara and while the advice from all the medical people I spoke to is Malaria tablets are not required for this area of Sri Lanka you should still use repellant. There are the odd flying insects that will bite.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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8. Re: malaria

FYI

WHO to declare SL as Malaria free country

http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/03/01/news11.asp

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9. Re: malaria

Are there any recommendations as to the best insect repellent to use in Sri Lanka? When we went to Mexico last year the local mozzies loved the stuff we bought in the UK but we were then recommended a local product by our rep which did the trick.

Thanks!

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10. Re: malaria

You'll be okay without them. We stayed in Kalutara and had trips to Sigirya, Kandy and Pinnawala and were fine. I get bitten quite a bit wherever I go and did so in Sri Lanka also but no issues whatsoever. Enjoy Sri Lanka and Kalutara its a wonderful place.

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