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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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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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Super malaria rises in Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/9/2017 at 17:18

Interesting and concerning story about the rise of a "super malaria" in Southeast Asia. "The first choice treatment for malaria is artemisinin in combination with piperaquine. But as artemisinin has become less effective, the parasite has now evolved to resist piperaquine too." One wonders how much of that growing resistance is down to travellers needlessly being given malaria meds, then not taking the full course and boosting regional resistance. Very concerning. Full sto ...

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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 3,499 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 10/9/2017 at 19:22

Dengue Fever in Malaysia

Posted by cory28 on 21/6/2017 at 21:19

We are from Singapore and we plan to visit Malaysia in few months ( Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru) with our kids, but we heard about Dengue Fever in Malaysia. We are a little concerned about this dengue fever then... Do you know if it is quite dangerous for our kids to go there, particularly in those places ? Do you have any advice for us? What you think is the best way to prevent mosquitoes bites on kids ( 2 years old and 6 years old) ? Thank you for your advice ! ...

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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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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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Laser Teeth Whitening

Posted by luce_uk on 5/3/2010 at 20:15

Hi I am interested in getting my teeth laser whitended whilst in SEA, can anyone advise where would be the best/cheapest country to get this done in? And also any rough ideas of cost or any clinic recommendations? Thanks very much ...

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Viewed 5,632 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by wanderer143 on 9/3/2017 at 13:46

Anti-mosquito clothing

Posted by JeremyNicholl on 18/10/2016 at 04:23

I'm planning a trip around SEA for 4-5 months Nov - March and trying to deal with the malaria/dengue issue. My inclination is to avoid malarials and rely on deet and sensible behaviour/clothing. During research I've come across anti-mozzy clothing which apparently is impregnated with chemicals to get rid of them. I'm talking about clothing like this: http://www.rohan.co.uk/mens-anti-insect-clothing-for-outdoors-and-travel-Frontier-Shirt-Long-Sleeve?#product-spec My question is: has anyone here ...

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Viewed 789 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by wanderer143 on 9/3/2017 at 13:43

Chronic Incurable Pain Medication

Posted by thomastetting on 20/1/2017 at 22:07

In Chiang Mai I made an appointment with a Dr. that could dispense Oxycontin at the private Bangkok Hospital (forget the public ones). After a brief visit, and proof of prior medication and another Dr. recommendation from Phuket I got a 30 day prescription. That's the limit even tho' it may be two months before I get to Hanoi. Are opiate painkillers dispensed OTCin Hanoi? Tommy ...

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Personal Prescription Medications

Posted by husqvarna on 8/9/2009 at 15:21

I have not been to Thailand yet but I have read several stories about people getting into trouble with controlled substances. I will be bringing with me two controlled substance medications for chronic pain and ADHD. They are legitimately prescribed by USA doctors and will be in original labeled containers. Should I expect any problems with customs entering or leaving Bangkok? Thanks for any advise. ...

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Viewed 35,301 times, with 17 replies. Last reply by Apage on 4/11/2016 at 23:09

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 9,543 times, with 28 replies. Last reply by wanderer143 on 3/6/2016 at 11:07

Good dentist in Bangkok?

Posted by Sampan on 13/8/2010 at 20:47

Hello all, I'll be arriving in Bangkok on the 25th this month and need to find a dentist. Can anyone recommend a good one, preferably in the Rambuttri area? All info is highly appreciated. ...

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Viewed 4,022 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by wanderer143 on 3/6/2016 at 11:06

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 35,818 times, with 22 replies. Last reply by wanderer143 on 3/6/2016 at 11:05

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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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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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 3,210 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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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 4,637 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 8,169 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by ArnaudD_fr on 15/10/2014 at 12:04


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