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Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

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Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

Two friends of mine wants to head to Iquitos for a couple of days and plan a day tour in the jungle. They are scared of malaria and unsure whether pills are a good idea or not in this time of the year. What should they do? Personally, I think they will be fine even without, but is it true?

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1. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

There are no malaria shots. How do you know that your friends will be fine with no malaria prophylaxis? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have an interesting website with information for travelers:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

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2. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

They should see a travel doctor and get the doctors advice. Malaria is not something to be trifled with. There are no shots for it.

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3. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

The chance of getting Malaria is quite slim, but if they want the take precautions it is important to avoid mosquito bites by using long sleeve shirts and pants and using a Deet based anti mosquito bite repellent. They can also take some drugs that need to be recommended by their doctor at home, as they can produce reactions.

No vaccine is yet available.

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4. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

xochitl, how can you say that the chance of getting malaria is "quite" slim? Do you work with the Health Ministry maybe to make such statement?

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5. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

I've been many times to the Amazon jungle and never got malaria despite not taking the meds. In general the many ex pats don't take anti malarial medication (which itself can give bad side effects). Most people use repellent and clothes to avoid getting bitten.

It's said prevention is better than cure.

You are more likely to get Dengue fever if anything, but again repellent keeps the critters away.

It's a choice you have to make based on the many good and bad points of medication, and wether you have a weak immune system or not, and are gonna take adequate precautions, etc. Some anti malarial meds need to be taken for a few weeks after the trip, and are not guaranteed to cure the disease, just reduce the levels leaving tour immune system to do the rest, etc.

Edited: 06 July 2013, 08:15
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6. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

If your friends are from overseas they can ask about Malarone, fewer side effects and it does not need to be taken for as long. Expensive but some insurance covers it. I don't think you cam buy it in Peru.

Also use repellent because of dengue risk.

Edited: 06 July 2013, 09:20
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7. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

Because it depends on the area they will be visiting, according to the ministry of health statistics.

Also, I have worked in the deap jumgle for over 4 years and never got it or any of the 400 people working with me.

If you understand spanish, go to this page formactual statistics and ocurrances in the past years per area : dge.gob.pe/vigilancia/…malaria.pdf

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8. Re: Two days in Iquitos - Malaria shots necessary?

Vaccination is recommended against yellow fever for traveling to the jungle

About dengue and malaria, there are cases, but with precautions, you will be fine.

You can read more about it here: mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/…peru.php

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