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Malaria Advice by KateI on 7 August 2006 9:38pm
 
I'm lucky enough to have landed a teaching post in Kenya for 2 years. I have had all the jabs advised by my doctor but can't decide which malaria prevention to take. I'll probably get more advice when I get there but need some help now! Also very concerned about taking stuff for such a long time.
Any ideas
 
Re: Malaria Advice by pedro64 on 8 August 2006 8:42am
 
In all my 30+ years working abroad I stopped taking anti malarial drugs orally long term after advice that these can cause cataracts in later life.So I would opt for repellents such as oil of lemon eucalyptus.-picaridin or deet.Permethrin is very good for killing creepies of all kinds but this is for use on clothes and bedding etc not directly on body parts.Make sure you cover up well and use that mosquito net at night.Good luck with your new job.
 
Re: Malaria Advice by Blairhoyle on 8 August 2006 3:06pm
 
I took Malarone for going to China this year but didnt really need to.

Malarone is very expensive it cost me something like £45 for 18 tablets.

didnt have any after effects.

get to the doctors and they will advise you. My mate went to Sri Lanka a few years ago and didnt take anything - he had to get the medivac home and was ill for 2 months.

make sure you wear long trousers and a light long sleeve top and wear repellant which has DEET in it.
 
Re: Malaria Advice by tucsonmike on 9 August 2006 1:46am
 
At the risk of being a wisea**? Don't get it! ;-)
 
Re: Malaria Advice by Wild in Africa on 16 August 2006 6:01pm
 
...but if you do get it, don't freak out. I've had malaria on numerous occasions and while being horrible is in the vast majority of cases totally survivable. Do get medical assistance quickly though including a blood test to confirm it. Unfortunately in Kenya they tend to give you chloroquine automatically and there are better treatements including artemesia so check your local health centre to see what their treatment regime is.
 
Re: Malaria Advice by Spursfan on 16 August 2006 9:35pm
 
I have, amongst other things, lymphodema and so am supposed to arm myself with a course of Penicillin V in case I get mosquito bites on the affected limbs (legs). As I very rarely get bitten in the town where we have our apartment because the council have 'done their bit' to eradicate them as much as possible, I forgot and last June I paid the price! Sitting by a friend's pool I was bitten, and a day or so later I came down with extreme vomiting and headache (not turkey trots). Also the leg was extremely swollen and red, and took weeks to come down.

On visiting my consultant he put me straight on a course of Penicillin V, and I have now put said drug on my list of repeat prescriptions so I don't forget again!!

My father was in Burma during WWII and had repeated attacks of malaria throughout my childhood (I was a late baby).

Anne
 
Re: Malaria Advice by EmilyChung on 24 August 2006 11:06am
 
My friends spent two months in a Kenyan hospital this year and I think they took mefloquine, without any real problems. I can understand your concern about taking it for two years though. However, any potential (and probably very rare) long-term effects of antimalarials are probably preferable to malaria. Yes, it is treatable but it does carry a 1% mortality so it's not to be taken lightly..
But as people have said, best thing is to avoid getting bitten because the antimalarials don't completely prevent malaria anyway, although obviously taking them gives you extra protection. And be on guard if you get any fevers or symptoms. Enjoy!!
 



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