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Re: Malaria in Kruger in June

Unread postby nicksteroonie » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks for the links, I've read through each of those threads......difficult decision! :)

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Re: Malaria in Kruger in June

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:00 pm

It is a difficult decision I agree but after reading all the info its really a personal choice and up to the individual.
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Re: Malaria in Kruger in June

Unread postby saraf » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:53 pm

Do you think your children would be fully able to explain to you if they felt ill? i.e. how ill they felt, where they hurt etc.

But yes it is a personal decision. Read all the literature you can get hold of and talk to your GP. Then make an informed decision.
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Re: Malaria

Unread postby noby74 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:36 pm

We decided to only use Repellents and stay inside in the evening to prevent from being bitten.

But we wanted to make an early morning game walk. Is there still a danger early in the morning right after sunrise?

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Re: Malaria

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:57 am

Noby, once the sun is up, the infected mossies pretty much disappear. There can still be a few mosquito bites in the transition from just before dawn to sun-up, so don't take any chances. Remember, too, that there are usually lots of mossies in the various stages of dawn, so there is a fair risk of malaria there. The key to safety is when the sun is good and risen. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:07 am

Leaping Lizards wrote:We have decided to go to a non SanParks park which suites our guests a little more.


Assumedly you were in a non-malaria park too, LL? And that you're now back and had a fabulous time?

That aside, we are finalising our 2 week visit to Kruger for September and will book this week.


I see that you did change your booking successfully to September 2014, LL. Congratulations. :clap: I wanted to ask if that same pregnant lady will be going with you in September and if she will then be bringing her young baby with?
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Re: Malaria

Unread postby GregH » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:18 pm

Wow - at 80 pages, perhaps this forum needs to be subdivided now? Anyway, hope this is the right forum for my Q :-)

I have a reservation in Pretoriuskop end April/early May. Now I have been going to Kruger for 40 years and even did time there in the army so I am not particularly concerned about the malaria issue but I am going up with family that are incredibly nervous. They apparently know a few people that have had a run in with malaria in the park in the past few months and now want to postpone the reservation until winter. This is fine except that we have kids and well, the park is full in the July school holidays. There is still time to cancel the reservation without forfeit I think but before I take that sad (for me) step, my question is this: is malaria in the park any worse this year than in previous years? Has there been an increase in malaria cases attributed to KNP visits? I have heard about malaria issues up in Limpopo but read nothing in the news about heightened concerns in Kruger.

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Re: Malaria

Unread postby PietSkiet » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:41 pm

Hi GregH,

As far as I know the malaria is not worse in the park. I would suggest that your family take the necessary precautions as required. Your trip does fall towards the end of the high risk time and I would not postpone the trip at all unless you have member on board that is pregnant.
You can also call the Kruger malaria hotline on 082 234 1800 where they will give you up to date information.
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Re: Malaria

Unread postby GregH » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:49 pm

Thanks PietSkiet,

I tried that number but I get a "the number you have dialled does not exist.."

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Re: Malaria

Unread postby PietSkiet » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:26 pm

Hi GregH,

Apologies for that, I got the number from the info that was sent to me with my previous reservation. You can try the following number 083 900 8424. I tested the number and it does appear to be the right one
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Re: Malaria

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:50 pm

The decision must be yours, but we have been in Phalaborwa since November, and there seem to be very few mozzies around this year, than in previous ones.

Having said that of course, only one mozzie is needed to do the damage.

I would always recommend taking precautions. :thumbs_up:
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Malaria Risk in Southern Kruger

Unread postby bushwackedblonde » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:56 am

Please could someone advise me on the current malaria risk in Southern Kruger. I am heading to Croc Bridge in 2 weeks time for 2 nights. I have had malaria 3 times and am now allergic to Quinine. I have never taken anti-malarials in the past due to working in Malaria areas, but don't fancy getting it again! I currently live in Nelspruit.

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Re: Malaria Risk in Southern Kruger

Unread postby yoda » Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:11 am

It is summer now, so I guess there must be a risk of Malaria.

Might be worth your while consulting a dr about the best way to proceed.

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Re: Malaria

Unread postby bushguy » Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:21 pm

BWB

I was in Skuks beginning of Nov and there had been 5 cases there in the last month already.

Due to the nature of the transmission, there needs to be an infected individual bitten by the mozzie, that then bites you - so higher population of infected people = increased risk. Theoretically the fact that there are some "illegal people" that are very likely carriers frequenting the park , there is an increased risk.

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Re: Malaria Risk in Southern Kruger

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:56 am

bushwackedblonde wrote:Please could someone advise me on the current malaria risk in Southern Kruger. I am heading to Croc Bridge in 2 weeks time for 2 nights. I have had malaria 3 times and am now allergic to Quinine. I have never taken anti-malarials in the past due to working in Malaria areas, but don't fancy getting it again! I currently live in Nelspruit.


Bushwhackedblonde (good alias :clap: ), what is good news in recent times is that the Department of Health has approved a new malaria map of South Africa that reflects risk zones reduced both in their extent and intensity. That means that many areas that were once considered as high seasonal-risk areas are now revised to moderate seasonal-risk areas and the low-risk areas have reduced in extent. Also, certain areas that were said to be high-risk areas have now been revised to low-risk (the northern-most area of KwaZulu Natal).

All of this means that it is primarily the north-eastern areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga where antimalarial chemoprophylaxis (medications) is still recommended from September to May, inclusive. At the time that you are going to Kruger, it is officially designated as a risk area where chemoprophylaxis is recommended. However, each person makes her or his own decision on this matter. In your case, you can weigh up the fact that you are going for two nights only, and whether you'd be in a position to use diligent non-preventative measures from dusk until dawn, versus the cost and risk of you contracting malaria over that time period. You don't say whether you're in chalets or camping, but if the former, then if you leave your air-conditioner on at night (it does get pretty warm most of the time), the chances of mosquitoes getting into the unit and biting you is greatly reduced. I have just come back from Kruger and, because it was quite dry in many areas, and it didn't rain much, there were not that many mosquitoes around - although I did get bitten several times. However, always bear in mind that it just takes one infected female Anopheles mosquito to transmit the disease.

You say you have had malaria in the past, but then you lived in a malaria area, so were always exposed to risk. You don't say where you worked, but I assume it was high-risk areas. However, the fact that you had malaria before does not change your risk of getting it again. You mention that you are allergic to quinine, but I cannot ascertain whether that allergy prevents you from using the drug to treat malaria or whether it only gives you uncomfortable side-effects. Either way, there are other options to quinine for treating malaria, although quinine is still a staple of the treatment regimen, as far as I can tell.

My advice to you is to find out more from a travel clinic or appropriate health professional and then decide what route you want to follow. If you do choose to use chemoprophylaxis, then you'd have to consult a doctor to prescribe the medications in any case. Whatever you choose, go ahead and enjoy your trip.


Disclaimer: My recommendations here - though based on some experience and some drug knowledge - are not absolute, and further consultation with suitable health-care professionals is suggested before a final decision is taken on whether to enter a malarial area, what prophylaxis to use, and any general factors and limitations that need to be taken into account. Furthermore, I only advise based on what information is given by the person(s) entering the malarial area, but I have no control on the information given to me, and so such information could possibly be incomplete or misleading.
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