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Posted by christay2009 on 20/7/2009 at 21:30

Hey Just got back from my doctors [UK] where i was presented with a 'travel pack' in which there was a nice big list of horrible diseases For Laos it has been advised i receive a vaccination for diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hep B. While Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis should also 'be considered'. Additionally, Malarone for the duration of the trip [planned stay of 1 month]. It seems that i've just been handed the WHO list for Laos. Additionally, because i' ...

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Burning Coils

Posted by aman218 on 8/7/2009 at 22:06

I live in England and right now, in the midst of our summer, I have at least 20 bites. Obviously, I'm a little worried about getting bitten every second during my time out in SE Asia and was considering a coil everywhere I go....BUT I've just read this article < > about the health implications...what do you guys recommend I do? ...

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swine flu and air travel

Posted by sayadian on 21/7/2009 at 18:25

I just copied this from the AirAsia site.Maybe it will be of help to anyone who is worried about flying during this outbreak. Some airlines are refusing to carry people who so much as sneeze! This is a statement from the World Health Organisation and kind of proves that the airlines are over-reacting to the general hysteria regarding this 'flu' “Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disrupt ...

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Natural repellents

Posted by BruceMoon on 21/7/2009 at 07:02

An oft cited issue in Travelfish's forum page - TravelHealth - is the appropriate use of insect repellent. Some from temperate climates fear that the insects in the tropics are more aggressive than in other global zones. I don't know whether that is true, but I know some insect repellents don't have a long 'resistence' effect in the tropics. This is not because of the product, but because we humans sweat more in the tropics and the repellant loses its effect due to profuse sweating. Fo ...

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hay fever

Posted by buecax on 17/7/2009 at 14:45

hi all, i am allergic to grass pollen (hay fever). i will be travelling to north vietnam / laos / cambodia during the rain season in september / october. does anybody know if i will have trouble with hay fever there as well? since hay fever is pretty common, maybe i can get some first-hand advice from a fellow sufferer. cheers, axel ...

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cover up?

Posted by xontros on 14/6/2009 at 20:25

two weeks before i leave for Thailand and Laos and I started getting concerned with mosquitos and staff. I realise that I have to cover up and use DEET but covering up is not always possible. For example when on the beach or when its really hot. What do you think? Do I worry too much? Is it ok if I use DEET with my sunscreen? I m trying to estimate whether I am minimising the problem or exagerrating. Nevertheless my last trip to Singapore was more stress free when I didn't know all thi ...

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malaria tablets

Posted by cj5892 on 23/6/2008 at 19:56

is it possible to purchase malarone or doxycycline in bangkok? also what would the cost be (roughly). it is going to cost me £20 for my surgery to write a prescription then whatever the cost of the tablets is on top of that, so though i may be better off sourcing them over there is it's possible. many thanks ...

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Chikungunya outbreak in Thailand.

Posted by SBE on 13/5/2009 at 15:55

Mosquito-borne diseases. Many newbie tourists worry about catching malaria when they go to Thailand. Most expats and seasoned travellers know that you're far more likely to catch dengue fever than malaria. But there's another mosquito-borne disease which rarely gets a mention on travel forums called Chikungunya. The symptoms are similar to dengue but it causes fewer fatalities. There seems to be quite a lot of it about in Thailand at the moment, mostly in the the Muslim areas in deep ...

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chikungunya epidemic in Asia is much deadlier than you think

Posted by Freespirit on 3/7/2009 at 20:57

Chikungunya- which is an epidemic in Asia at the moment. Is more deadlier than we can imagine. There have been many deaths related to chikungunya. have many more websites this is just one. (Chikungunya was one of more than a dozen agents that the United States researched as potential biological weapons.) There is no press coverage of the deaths and the epidemic spread of chikungunya.Yet there is so much press coverage of the swine flu why when more people are getting th ...

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Posted by andybrenner on 16/6/2009 at 12:01

Hello, I have 2 packs of malarone that I do not need. I paid a lot of euros for them and figure people out there are about to as well. If you have any interest in the malarone that I got from my doctor in France please let me know. I'm currently in Hoi An (Vietnam) and heading south and to cambodia where I apparently don't need it. Thanks, Andy ...

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Jap Encephalitis inooculations in Thailand?

Posted by Anderson85 on 22/5/2008 at 08:08

Is it possible to get inoculations in Thailand? Are they (Jap Encephalitis) necessary if I plan to visit Chiang Mai (briefly), Bangkok and the gulf island during July and August? Thanks, Andy ...

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Posted by Canim on 18/3/2008 at 03:08

Been back in Canada for 10 days now after two months in Thailand. Last place we were in was Pattaya. My wife became ill after two days home and was diagnosed with Dengue (classic) yesterday in Emergency. WEAR DEET!! Believe her, this is not a fun virus. ...

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Concerns from a bug-phobe

Posted by rkmoilan on 30/10/2007 at 05:39

I hate to be a baby, but I'm getting concerned about the insect situation in Cambodia. I grew up in the tropics so I'm used to my share of cockroaches, crickets, etc. but I've been reading about SWARMS of nasty insects - even in the hotel rooms. How bad is it? I need to mentally prepare... ...

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longterm malaria medication

Posted by sayadian on 9/6/2009 at 13:54

I just read an article in the newspaper about a guy who didn't take his malaria medication and died of malaria.He was away for 4 months. I thought you could only take these types of medication for short periods.Could he have taken something for as long as 4 months? ...

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Artemisinin Resistance in Cambodia

Posted by Tilapia on 29/5/2009 at 22:00

This may interest those planning on purchasing their malarial prevention meds in SE Asia, as well as those going into malarial areas. ...

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DEET + Icaridin (insect repellants)

Posted by BruceMoon on 5/6/2009 at 18:33

Many will know that a good insect repellant is DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide). But, less know that the concentration of DEET needs to be strong, and applied frequently. A new insect repellant has been developed that is more user friendly than DEET: Icaridin. Wikipedia reports on both DEET and Icaridin. Icaridin is sold as Picaridin. To date, Picaridin is not currently available in the US (wouldn't have anything to do with a German company developing the product would it?). R ...

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Lost medication - where to get a refill???

Posted by JAR on 16/4/2009 at 16:05

I have lost my medication in Laos. I have been to the ausy embassy clinic in Vientienne, however they do not stock my medication. I will not be going back to bangkok for 2 weeks. Next major city i will be visiting is Phnon Penh. What is the best way to get my medication - get a friend to send me it or get it from a clinic in a major city? ...

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Stretchmarks: Pls help...

Posted by CharlotteKent on 22/1/2009 at 19:27

I am pregnant and want to know if anyone has had any luck with skin care for stopping stretchmarks? I have heard that some are not safe to use and can harm my baby but I am so confused by which ones are ok and actually work to prevent stretchmarks, as I happily grow into my 9 month bump! ...

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mosquitoes in Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by Patrickx8 on 27/12/2008 at 02:33

Does anyone have any current real info on mosquito protection in Vietnam and Cambodia? \ It seems that dengue fever is the real main problem and the best and only protection is wearing Deet or something comparable at all times and also wearing light cotton long sleeve clothing. The places I will be include the North of Vietnam, Hoi An, the beach in Sihanoukville and in Siem Reap. Same advice for all locales? Thanks very much Patrick ...

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Medical Clinic for shots in HCMC?

Posted by DLuek on 26/1/2009 at 02:38

Hi, I was wondering if the "small clinic" that's mentioned in the Travelfish HCMC guide does vaccinations? Anyone know where to go in Saigon for shots and about how much it costs? Thanks, DL ...

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