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Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

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Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

I learned on a recent Amazon River trip that I cannot take the Malarone for Malaria protection. I also cannot take any of the other anti malarials. The Amazon was my test run, since it is really not an endemic area, and I was on a boat for 6 days. Good thing I did that.

Have any of you gone to Tanzania on safari w just protection against getting mosquito bites and not any anti-malaria pills? I drenched my clothes w that Sawyers stuff to repel bugs, and used Deet in the Rainforest. Only got bitten on the tops of my hands where I had wiped it off. I will also bring my own mosquito netting to place over my bed, and have it protected by that Sawyer stuff, as well as my bed clothes and constantly reapply deet during the day. I have all strengths. I realize mosquito netting will already be there in the lodges and OAT camps; this would just be an extra layer of protection.

Given what I experienced in Peru, there is NO WAY I can take any of these meds (yes, I took it w food). Has anyone taken a Tanzania safari w just good sound mosquito repellent constantly reapplied, and Sawyers on the clothes as well or w any Permethrin laced clothing (same thing)? Often these camps and lodges are in a Malaria area, but where the tourists sleep has been sprayed. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Tour starts and ends in Arusha in early November. Wiill be staying in Arusha, Tarangire near Lake Burunge , Ngorongoro Highlands, the Serengeti in a private tented camp, and Karatu. Much thaks!!

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1. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

You may get some responses from those who visited Tanzania without prophylaxis but I wouldn't think that'd be the way to go. I'd suggest sitting down with your doctor, who should know your medical history, or with a travel medicine specialist and go over your options.

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2. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

Have already done that. The Malarone was my only option...

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3. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

Just curious, do you mind sharing the adverse reaction?

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4. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

I also wouldn't advise this. I find that it is almost impossible to guarantee avoiding getting bitten even taking all the other precautions you mention. And then if you do get bitten and are not taking anti-malarials it's a bit like playing Russian roulette ........and you have to wait about a year to see whether you will develop malariia as it only takes one bite by an affected mosquito.

So I would make sure you discuss this very thoroughly with your doctor, making sure you understand all the options and their drawbacks. Malariia is the one souvenir you do not want to bring home.....it can be a killer.

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5. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

It was like 3 days of a colososcopy prep. If you have ever had one, you would understand. Not something to mess with on Safari...These are private tents and lodges where I will be staying and the malaria mosquitoes only come out at night. I came back w significantly less weight.

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6. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

Sorry to hear that. Enervating.

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7. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

Can't take doxy?

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8. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

Nope.

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9. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

Maybe I'm missing something, but why not simply go on safari in a malaria -free area? There are loads.

No-one is forced to go to Tanzania to see lions.....

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10. Re: Safari w just good insect repellents and Perethrin clothes

There are more to my travel plans than I have posted. And yes, I can always pay a lot of extra money after I see Turkey and fly to South Africa to a malaria free area. Even Kruger is low risk...but I have booked for Tanzania after Turkey and wanted to see the Serengetti Thus, my question now that t I know the Malarone is an issue.