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Malaria risk in December

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Malaria risk in December

Hi travel gurus,

I'm pregnant and will be travelling to port vila. I can't take malaria medication, but will be staying in a four star resort. I'm concerned I'm putting myself at risk but realise that this may not be true. Can anyone advise of the mosquito situation around the start of December in Port Vila?

Thanks,

Kaye

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1. Re: Malaria risk in December

I would suggest that you seek the competent advice of a professional travel health person for a potential life threatening disease.

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2. Re: Malaria risk in December

Our GP talked of 3 or 4 different anti-malarials perhaps there is one that won't turn your baby Into a giant mosquito or whatever the side-effects may be.

Given how serious Malaria is and the risk that would probably pose to your child is travelling to Vanuatu a good idea?

Edited: 12 November 2013, 00:22
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3. Re: Malaria risk in December

I live here and have been told by the Travellers Medical Centre in Melbourne that I do not need to take malaria medication in Port Vila as it has been effectively erradicated within the town. I also have 2 kids (9 and 7) and they don't take medication here in Port Vila based on medical advice.

However, the decision is yours and should be based on advice from your doctor taking into consideration your pregnancy. If you want another opinion, maybe consult a specialist travel doctor.

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4. Re: Malaria risk in December

The general consensus is that unless you are going to the outer islands your chances of getting malaria is small. Just keep in mind the info that travel doctors have bunch all the 83 islands in together as a generic travel advisory.

Being pregnant wont stop you using insect repellant. Spray your bed linen and wear it when outside at dusk to minimise the risk even further.

Have fun and don't worry, 1000's of people come to Port Vila each month with no problem!

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5. Re: Malaria risk in December

Yes insect repellent is the answer.

Plaster yourself with low irritant insect repellent first off and see if you notice a mozzie anywhere at all.

If you don't then you can ease up on it, but given your concerns (and the fact that thinking a lot about mozzies will attract the only one alive within a hundred miles) I'd find a nice smelling, low toxin, baby friendly, natural insect repellent and use it with gusto and have a jolly good time with peace of mind.

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6. Re: Malaria risk in December

Hi,

I live in Port Vila and have no worry about malaria here in Port Vila. I haven't heard of anyone getting it here, and after asking around, I haven't heard of a single instance where someone has caught it here - and we're talking people who have generations in one village. Maybe they didn't understand, I don't know because it does sound too good to be true.

I unfortunately get bitten all the time at my house, but I haven't got malaria - yet.

You do need to be super diligent though, there is Dengue on the island. You can't take medication to prevent this. I haven't heard that it's a big deal, but last week I heard of someone getting it for the first time since I moved here.

Just pay attention to the places you are, and what time of day you're outdoors. Also, being pregnant, mozzies are also more attracted to you.

I honestly don't think this is a huge cause for concern. No one likes to be bitten by mozzies period. So just be a little more diligent than the normal person would.

You might consider getting treated clothing, or treat your own clothing with an anti-mosquito repellent (sorry don't know the name). Ask if the hotel has a mosquito net, if not make sure the windows have fly screens. A 4-star resort should be pretty kitted out though.

Just be prepared and enjoy your holiday - catching Malaria is low risk in my humble opinion.

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7. Re: Malaria risk in December

Port Vila is generally a low risk area for Malaria. Just stock up on the insect repellent!

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8. Re: Malaria risk in December

I have been living in Vanuatu for about 6 years and feel there is little if any risk of malaria in Port Vila. The chances are small only if you go to some outer islands. Come over, don't worry and have a nice time.

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