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Derbyshire
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malaria question

Hi all

I have looked at various websites for malaria advice and also have an appointment later with our travel clinic but im still a little unclear on the malaria situation in ranau ( around mesilau nature resort). Is this area known to be malarial please?

Malaria maps just seem to show eastern side of sabah but its unclear where ranua sits with this guidance as maps are not very specific.

Its looking like this may be the only place on our trip wherwewe may need to to take anti malarial meds?

Thanks everyone

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1. Re: malaria question

Hi there, have just had great week at Shangrila rasa Ria with kids. We were advised by Australia doc to take malaria tabs as on edge if jungle. Didn't seem to be too many mossies about as mostly we were at resort. Be aware of sand flies when on beach especially at dusk, you can't see them but certainly get many bites which last for weeks so get sandfly repellant. Great resort . Loved it!

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Hi there, have just had great week at Shangrila rasa Ria with kids. We were advised by Australia doc to take malaria tabs as on edge if jungle. Didn't seem to be too many mossies about as mostly we were at resort. Be aware of sand flies when on beach especially at dusk, you can't see them but certainly get many bites which last for weeks so get sandfly repellant. Great resort . Loved it!

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3. Re: malaria question

Ps: although not many mossies around resort, ax soon as you enter jungle (eg: to see Orangatans) there are mossies, so do wear long sleeves (light cotton as hot and humid) when in jungle or bring mossie spray/wristbands.

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4. Re: malaria question

Thanks so much for your reply. Our travel clinic advised to take malaria medication so we will be taking malarone.

Puerto Princesa...
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5. Re: malaria question

By all means take malarone, but what advice did your travel clinic give regarding dengue fever?

Dengue is much nastier than malaria and is only prevented by not being bitten by mosquitos - so use a prophylactic cream or spray.

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6. Re: malaria question

Thanks so much for your advice and we will use it wisely. What brands should we look out for?

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7. Re: malaria question

Here in Palawan I use "OFF" (and take it with me When we visit Sabah/Sarawak)

GUARDIAN Chemists sell it in Malaysia

.https://online.guardian.com.my/index.php/off-mosquito-repellent-lotion-50ml.html

At 2quid, probably cheaper than Boots!

Perhaps someone local has suggestions also.

Excuse me if I state the obvious, but you may prefer to use the weaker product (2 or 4 hours protection) rather than the strong (8 hours) as it is kinder to the skin.

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Flipper, brands are much the same as regards effectiveness. It is the concentration which matters most. Go for something with 50% . Any higher does not make it more effective and may irritate the skin. Any less and you would have to reapply more often. I use Lifeventure repellent but mainly because I travel for long periods can get 100% concentration which I dilute as we go. Boots Repel is as good as any.

BTW dengue fever is unpleasant and painful but usually clears up after a couple of weeks. It makes sense to spay during the day as well but to suggest that it is nastier than Malaria ( post 5 above), which still kills more people on the planet each year than any other disease, is nonsense.

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@crellston - I write just repeating the experiences of my local expat friends who have suffered both.

Malaria kills the ignorant and the poor, I did not say it killed less people.

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10. Re: malaria question

Thanks for your contributions everyone :)