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Malaria risk

Posted by evans112 on 9/12/2013 at 12:00

I am going to north thailand in February and then travelling down the Mekong From Huay Xai to Luang Prabang by slow boat and then spending a few days in Luang Peabang What are the malaria risk doing this and do I need to take anti malaria tablets or any other precautions
Many thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 9/12/2013 at 21:31 admin

I'm no travel doctor but I wouldn't recommend malaria meds for a trip like that. This story on malaria in SEA may be of use.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 10/12/2013 at 07:47

Hundreds of travellers ply that route every day year-round and pretty much nobody is catching malaria on the way. Risk is minimal and meds are not really necessary IMO and I've done the trip many times and lived in north Thailand 10 years, so there ;-)

Dengue fever is a more realistic concern and there is currently no way to prevent it except avoiding mosquito bites. But February is peak dry season and occurrence of dengue-bearing mozzies is usually pretty low then - more a concern around June/July when rainy season is kicking in. Bite-avoidance is a good strategy - apply repellent and cover up, sleep in a screened/sealed room, walk away if you find yourself in a mozzie zone (they like stagnant water and dark colours).

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Posted by evans112 on 10/12/2013 at 12:44

May thanks for your replies. Very much appreciated

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