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Posted by: Johan | 2011/11/03

Sodwana, malaria and children

I would like to find out two things 
1) How big a malaria risk is Sodwana Bay in South Africa
2) What preventative medicine is available for toddlers (2 years)?
Thanks for the help.

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Dear Johan,

Due to very effective spraying with DDT the risk has been greatly reduced and only personal protective measures are advocated. However post visit any fever or flu like illness must be regarded as malaria until proven otherwise.

Exposing a 2 year old to malaria risk is not a smart move. However if you must go and take him with then either Malanil Paed tablets given with condenced milk or Larium can be used Dose according to weight.

If you still insist on going, remember your ''catty'' for monkeys and security can be a problem! The other problem is sun exposure esp for little one.
Regards,
Pete

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Posted by: Pieter viljoen | 2011/12/06

Hi I am also going to Sodwana in january is it a controlled malaria area and what would be the best for children 2 and 5 years old
and what insecticide should be taken with and is there a certain
insecticide we can spray around the house we are staying in ?

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Posted by: Travel expert | 2011/11/07

Dear Johan,

Due to very effective spraying with DDT the risk has been greatly reduced and only personal protective measures are advocated. However post visit any fever or flu like illness must be regarded as malaria until proven otherwise.

Exposing a 2 year old to malaria risk is not a smart move. However if you must go and take him with then either Malanil Paed tablets given with condenced milk or Larium can be used Dose according to weight.

If you still insist on going, remember your ''catty'' for monkeys and security can be a problem! The other problem is sun exposure esp for little one.
Regards,
Pete

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