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Human Rabies Case - FYI Sticky!

Posted by Tilapia on 6/10/2010 at 02:35

Below is an excerpt of a case that was posted on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US. It was circulated to all Public Health agencies in North America. This might be of interest to those wondering about rabies and how it manifests itself, whether-or-not pre-exposure vaccine is worth the cost, whether-or-not they should let that cute puppy lick their faces, etc. It also illustrates several important aspects of the disease that are not well known outside of the realm of public ...

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Viewed 16,423 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by sayadian on 16/2/2013 at 21:00

Bed Bugs (Revisited) Sticky!

Posted by Tilapia on 1/9/2009 at 01:34

Thought I'd start a new thread rather than stick this onto the end of a rather long one that started a while back. I am a trained entomologist, work as a Public Health Inspector, and have 6 years of experience working as a trouble-shooter and quality assurance manager for one of North America's largest pest control companies. Bed bugs are no strangers to me and I have years of experience with them. I have also experienced them while traveling, though not often. I've picked out a few commen ...

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Viewed 18,294 times, with 50 replies. Last reply by jennilynB on 21/3/2012 at 03:55

Crossing borders with diazepam / valium in SE Asia

Posted by onefatmonkey on 11/7/2011 at 21:47

Hi First time poster... To help with the long and often uncomfortable travel around SE Asia (but hey it gives you good stories to tell) I intend to take some diazepam (aka valium) with me and probably pick up some more in Bangkok. I'm a tall lad so sleeping on coaches is often very difficult, if not impossible for me. What are the rules with border crossings / airports with 'medicines' like this? I'm assuming it's legal to transport over borders (I'm doing Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) ...

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Viewed 18,580 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Mikoss90 on 15/1/2016 at 22:05

I was robbed! I think

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/9/2015 at 20:20

From this week's newsletter: This week brings news of some Singaporean "VIP" bloggers who went public alleging that they'd had around S$1,000 cash stolen from their villa in Bali. The case quickly descended into a matter of he said/she said, with screenshots of SMS messages weakening the bloggers' case somewhat. The truth is, we'll probably never know what really happened. Nobody likes getting robbed and I've been robbed plenty of times -- pickpockets, snatch and grabs, when I, umm, ...

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Viewed 2,105 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Nia on 26/10/2015 at 07:12

Insect repellent - anything 100% effective?

Posted by jemal29 on 24/9/2012 at 16:21

Hi all, I'm off to travel round Thailand in a few weeks to escape this miserable UK weather, and I'm feeling rather paranoid about getting bitting by mosquitos. I know insect repellent has been discussed here before, but they've concentrated mainly on natural repellents - I want something that's going to be as close to 100% effective as possible even if it is some chemical-rich concoction. So, has anyone here ever used an insect repellent and never got bitten? I know I haven't! Cheers, J ...

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Viewed 28,077 times, with 24 replies. Last reply by neilmason on 7/8/2015 at 16:51

Barefoot travellers: What do you think?

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/9/2014 at 00:56

From this week's newsletter (which is going out in about an hour. Interested in receiving it? See past issues and sign up here) Soap box: Barefoot travellers I love walking down the beach barefoot, wet sand squelching up between my toes and I'm all for wandering around the house and working barefoot. What I don't get, however, and I most certainly don't love, are barefoot travellers. I'm not talking about people ducking around the corner and forgetting to put shoes on -- we've all done that. ...

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Viewed 6,120 times, with 27 replies. Last reply by addiehampton on 4/5/2015 at 01:01

Warning, men shouldn't skinny dip in S.E.Asia

Posted by sayadian on 5/9/2013 at 10:06

I just read that the Pacu, a fish with very sharp, human like teeth can be found off the coasts of South-East Asia. In fact fishermen enjoy the ferocious fight the Pacu puts up. It is closely related to the pirhana. There have been genuine reports of men having their testicles bitten off by Pacu. So think again when you go in the sea au naturel ...

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Viewed 5,880 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by wongjawa on 6/3/2015 at 23:52

Pack your brain and wrap it in a helmet

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/1/2015 at 03:15

From this week's newsletter ( Don't get the newsletter? you can read this full issue here) I read a conversation on a travellers' Facebook group (managed by Travelfish member altmtl) this morning where a new visitor to Southeast Asia (they were not specific to where) asked if an Australian driving license was sufficient for renting a scooter. Some responses were correct (depending on the country), others misleading and others still, flat out wrong. Just another typical day on a Facebook travel ...

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Viewed 2,160 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 27/1/2015 at 03:49

Solo female travelling for the first time?

Posted by tkay on 2/12/2014 at 16:08

Im 19, and plan to go to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Indonesia for 3 months, solo. I know you meet people along the way, however I do not want to rely on that. I have no experience backpacking or travelling alone. Is this safe? I know a girl who went solo when she was 18 and said it was perfectly safe, though I wanted more input. Also, is 5 countries covering too much ground for 3 months? I was thinking that it was reasonable since I would have at least two weeks in each. Any tips/adv ...

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Viewed 1,958 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 3/12/2014 at 15:57

Dental Work

Posted by JacknKel on 6/8/2009 at 19:58

Hi There i have been researching having my teeth fixed & whitened it BKK (Sounds precious but im not). Can anyone tell me if I am being silly relying on BKK Dentist to fix my teeth at a 1/3rd of the Aussie costs? Are they safe health wise. any help would be appreciated. thx ...

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Viewed 3,619 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Sitdown12 on 3/11/2014 at 02:42

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination Information

Posted by Stonie on 9/12/2013 at 11:39

Before I left on my travels for SE Asia I was undecided about having my JE jab as I think many people are. I traulled through lots of posts on various forums and websites looking for further info and advice. I wanted to share my experience with you as I think many will find it useful. I am not a doctor and this is simply based on my experience and understanding of the topic. When I visited my GP prior to leaving on my travels I was advised that the JE vaccination used in the UK was derived fro ...

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Viewed 5,913 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by ArnaudD_fr on 15/10/2014 at 12:04

Mosquito Repellant in Cambodia and Laos

Posted by dano_b on 5/1/2010 at 19:49

Hey all! I know there is much debate about the use of DEET in mosquito repellants, but I was wondering if anyone knew specifially if mosquito repellants with DEET are available and easy to find in Cambodia and Laos? My boyfriend and I are currently in South Korea where DEET is impossible to find. We are wondering if we should get some sent from back home or if waiting until we arrive in Cambodia would be a safe bet. Any information is greatly appreciated :) ...

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Viewed 11,092 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by Jratt700 on 13/9/2014 at 11:32

The most romantic things to do on honeymoon

Posted by reynas on 10/7/2014 at 02:12

Warning : Try these atyour own risk You honeymoon is indeed one of the most special times ofyour life. Isn't it? So we (Satrupa & me at WeAreHolidays) compiled a listof 9 most romantic things to do on honeymoon. Go ahead and read on. 7this my own favourite and I wish to do on my honeymoon. ...

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Prickly Heat

Posted by Phiddy on 10/12/2011 at 14:14

Does anyone else suffer from prickly heat? How do you deal with it when travelling in a hot climate for months on end? I tend to get it maybe every other time I go on holiday, but these are usually just ten days at a time, rather than 4 months at a time (which is what I am doing from January). I don't tend to get a noticeable rash, just completely unbearable prickling on my back. Last time I got it was in Turkey and I was literally floored for about 3 days, all I could do was lie there on the fl ...

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Viewed 13,713 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 30/6/2014 at 03:11

Itinerary help with medical needs (rabies shots)

Posted by aireick on 22/1/2013 at 22:53

Hi everyone- I am in Chiang Mai Thailand and last evening when I was walking south through the old city 2 dogs from in front of a dark storefront started barking at me. I backed away to give them space but they pursued me and one started to aggressively try to attack and did manage to bite my leg. Thankfully I was wearing pants and upon closer inspection, I don't think that the dogs teeth actually punctured my pants, however I do have bite marks and it drew blood. I went to the hospital and ...

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Viewed 7,151 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Elspethmcg on 4/5/2014 at 09:33

Sick for 48 hours in Thailand

Posted by SoloGirls on 7/3/2014 at 11:07

So despite my efforts and doing my best to avoid questionable food, it seems I've gotten something. But it's kind of weird. I haven't thrown up or anything, but have had a very sick feeling in my stomach off and on for 2 days now. Eating makes it worse, but then I'll be really hungry and will have a full on appetite. Then I eat and feel sick. I hadn't felt like throwing up this whole time.... until tonight. But I lied down for an hour or so and it passed. It's just an odd sick feeling I'v ...

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Viewed 3,527 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by mixxat on 11/4/2014 at 08:22

What is the word on Dengue Fever? Prevention? Treatment?

Posted by exacto on 9/1/2014 at 12:11

I've noticed several posts lately where folks like Geer1 mention they caught Dengue Fever. If you don't mind, will you tell us under what circumstances you think you caught it, what the symptoms were, how you manged to diagnosis it, and what treatments are available to at least treat the symptoms if there isn't a cure? Obviously covering up and using bug spray help prevent, but nothing is 100 percent, and even a blind mozzie gets lucky some time. I guess what I'm asking apart from how to preven ...

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Viewed 2,869 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Saphir on 28/3/2014 at 01:32

Must have shots/vaccinations

Posted by stever1000 on 19/2/2014 at 07:04

Hello, I am going to the doctor this week and I want to know current information about what shots and vaccinations to get. I will be in SE Asia for 5 months (Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia) and I want to be healthy. I have heard a lot about HEP A+B, Tetanus, and typhoid/Diptheria Are these the base I should get for this time period of travel? There is a lot of 50/50 for Malaria, is there anything that is concrete? Thanks in advance! ...

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Should I take Doxycycline?

Posted by doobliss on 2/2/2014 at 23:34

Dear Travelfish: I will be travelling to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and (flying out of) Singapore for three months. I have the full amount of pills I need for the trip (80% of the price was covered by my health plan). I am planning on buying a mosquito net and sleeping bag liner on arrival in Phnom Penh as well as applying mosquito repellent and being cautious. I am asking because I am unsure how my body will react to three months + 28 days of Doxycycline and Dengue fever is a much more ...

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Any malaria tablets left?

Posted by Soumya on 18/1/2014 at 18:39

Hey there Has anyone got some Malarone left from there trip. It's pretty expensive, between £2 and 3.50 the tablet! I'm from London and leaving pretty soon. I have 8 left from my last trip, I'll need another 31 supply. Anyone? Cheers peeps ...

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Viewed 1,845 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Soumya on 24/1/2014 at 04:55

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