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Leaving in 4 days - do I need malaria tablets?

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Leaving in 4 days - do I need malaria tablets?

Heading to Arathusa in 4 days - do i need to take Malaria tablets? I heard Malarone is the best one to take but that needs a prescription. Is there another one which is just as good that i can buy over the counter?


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1. Re: Leaving in 4 days - do I need malaria tablets?

You need to talk to your GP, or a travel clinic, such as those at Trailfinders in Kensington.

All we can do on here is provide anecdotal advice about a fatal disease. Nobody 'needs' to take tablets. Many people prefer to, as it could save their lives. All need a prescription.

<<<< Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.

Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, always use mosquito repellent (available in each of the suites at Arathusa, as well as on game drives), wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). It is advisable to avoid malarial areas if you are pregnant


extract from Arathusa's own site.

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2. Re: Leaving in 4 days - do I need malaria tablets?

We are not far away from there and guests from the US left our lodge today for elephant plains. They are not worried. We dont take any prophylaxis all year round.

Sabie Sands nevertheless is a bit more of a risk area than Hazyview in certain times.

At that time of the year it is a rather low risk area. The rains have not yet started (only app. october) which minimises the risk even more.

To be sure and have a first hand advise, get hold of aratusha and ask them. they will definitely not joke about the dangers of Malaria.

If you want to be on the safe side, take prohylaxis AFTER consulting your travel clinic.


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3. Re: Leaving in 4 days - do I need malaria tablets?

You should get advice from a qualified medical person but purely from my experience of the area.

Malaria is a very serious and can be fatal if not treated. Kruger NP is definately listed as a malaria risk area. As Klaus says, at this time of the year, the dry season, the risk is less. However, you should consider, whilst a bite from a mosquitoe will not necessarily give you malaria, just one bite from and infected mosquito of a particular type CAN give it you. Equally, as Klaus says, many locals and visitors do not take prophylaxis and do not contract malaria but to balance that, many thousands of people die every year from malaria. Should you take prohylaxis - only you and your doctor can decide that. Malarone, together with Larium and Doxycycline are all available only with a precription in the UK. I also agree that whether you take them or not you should also take precautions such as mosquito repellant sprays, electric plug-in tablets etc.

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