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Parasites, from salt water pools?

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Parasites, from salt water pools?

I was reading on here that someone picked up a parasite from a fresh water pool in Kenya. I was wondering (at the lodge we are staying at in Zanzibar has a salt water pool) can you pick one up

from salt water? We are going on July 23, 2010, and it sounds like I don't need to eat salads or swim in pools. We are staying in Kenya at two different lodges who has fresh water pools, and I guess we will skip these. Watched Animal Planet the other night, and according to that program alot people get parasites, but especially from Africa, kind of scares you a little bit, also on the program someone got bit from a Testee Fly and if he had waited another 24 hours before treament, he would had died. Are there many Testee Flies in Kenya? We are going to Tassia Lodge and Borana Lodge in Lapakia (ms) also Porni Mara and Lion Camp in the Masia Mara. Thank you in advance for your answers.

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1. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Short answer. No parasites (presumably mean Bilharzia) in salt water OR "fresh" water pools in hotels. Bilharzia cannot exist in salt water, and the chemical treatment in hotel swimming pools also prevents Bilharzia.

In these tropical climes pools must be well chlorinated or salted, otherwise algae will turn the water green in a matter of hours. Bilharzia will only be found in fresh water where (or near) there are reeds, populated by a certain type of snail, which is part of the parasite life cycle, no snails, no Bilharzia. (It is possible that DOWNSTREAM from reeds there may be Bilharzia present, but the parasite can exist in water for only 24hrs)

<<a lot people get parasites>> media hype, a lot of people (the vast majority actually) DONT get parasites.

Only in certain areas do tsetse fly MAYBE carry disease. Wear neutral colours in the bush, tsetse fly are attracted to blue or dark colours, bright colours attract other insects, its not just to give the “Out of Africa” look that guides wear khaki outfits

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2. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Just picking up on the "not eat salads". I have had no ill effects from eating the salads at hotels or lodges and I get an iffy stomach very easily.Also eaten the ice creams - they are delicious !

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I spend half the year at the coast in Kenya, eat local produce bought from the roadside stalls, eat in local bars and restaurants, eat lots of fruit, salads, and dairy produce and the only occasional upset stomach I get is from drinking too much Tusker Malt (beer).

I've only ever heard of one person that picked up a parasite, and that was because someone posted a link to a horror story in a British tabloid newspaper

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4. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Haha, we watched that programme, and it does give you a scare, but really the risk is so minute, that worryuing about it would be ridiculous. It is good though to know the symptoms of illnesses caused by parasites, flies and mosquitos, so you would recognize it. Enjoy yourself as a well-informed traveller. Don't worry.

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5. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Did you mean this one Doff

http://tinyurl.com/ncofnh

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6. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

hi we had a long thread on this subject last year. the insect is properly called the Human Bott Fly, likes to lay its eggs in wet cloth. These hatch on contact with skin, and the grub burrows into the flesh. Easy to get rid of , spread a film of Vaseline over the spot, the grub has to emerge to breath, then gently extract with tweezers, simples !

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7. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Yep that was the one, NOmis

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8. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Mr-Ivan

its called the Tumbu fly ;) or (Putzi Fly)

common in Eastern Africa.

Edited: 11 June 2010, 19:16
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9. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

NOmiss yep, thats the African names, but as I say Human Bott Fly is its general name "Dermatobia hominis" it is found in South Amarica as well. Allso attacks animals.

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10. Re: Parasites, from salt water pools?

Thanks guys, just getting a little nervous, I do want to be informed and this Forum has helped alot, wished I had read it first.

I have to much invested now, we are going and will try to be very careful.