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Malaria in Myanmar? Are tablets needed?

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Malaria in Myanmar? Are tablets needed?

Hello, my partner and I are taking a 2 week holiday in Myanmar this coming June. We will be mainly visiting Yangoon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle lake. We are trying to find out whether it is really necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Some sites only say to take them when outside of Mandalay and Yangoon, others say only if trekking in the mountains and others say it is not needed at all. We would be grateful to get the views of other travelers who have been to the country in recent months. What is the real score on taking anti malaria tablets when in Myanmar? Thanks!

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1. Re: Malaria in Myanmar? Are tablets needed?

The strong advice on all the forums is NOT to take advice from non-medical posters !

This is the site the NHS uses and you will see the recommendation for travel in the monsoon season,outside of Yangon and Mandalay is to get a prescription for Malarone.



On a personal note,on all my visits I have taken the advice of my Doctor and where appropriate for the destination and season I have taken Malarone,with no side affects. Whatever season or destination,I cover up and spray-even in the day-as the danger of dengue fever is possible throughout SE Asia.

Travel safe


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2. Re: Malaria in Myanmar? Are tablets needed?

See above and ALSO know that taking any kind of suggested prescription drugs is a personal choice. I have been traveling around Southeast Asia for close to 25 years now, 2 months out of the year, and have NEVER taken drugs for the prevention of malaria.

I DO make it a point to cover up (I never wear shorts), burn mosquito coils when I am sitting outside, and use a good citronella-based bug spray that I re-apply frequently. If I am in a very rural area, they will provide bed netting, which I of course use. Most tourists stay in hotels wiht A/C, whcih mosquitoes hate and they go into hiding when the room is cool.

I personally have never met a traveler that has contracted malaria in Southeast Asia but I have numerous friends who have had dengue, which cannot be prevented by taking drugs. Dengue is more of a problem than malaria there anyhow these days, kindly note that.

Be sensible- cover up, and use a good bug spray.

Edited: 21 April 2014, 23:24
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