Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lara | 2009-02-05



We will be visiting Kruger National Park during the March School Holiday. I would like to know what I should do about the Malaria risk. We will be staying in Hayzyview and will only be visiting The National Park. Should we take Anti-Malaria medication? My daughter is 8 years and my son 13. I' ve heard that the medication makes it difficult to detect malaria, if by chance you picked it up there. What should I do? If I don' t give the medication, and we do get Malaria, is it safely treatable?

Expert's Reply



Your 13 year old son may take an anti-malarial but not your 8 year old daughter. In both cases the best approach is to use very careful mosquito prevention measures. Sleeping under nets, burning mosquito coils or mats and applying Peaceful Sleep or Tabard.Malaria is a very unpleasant and sometimes fatal illness which is not easy to treat due to increasing resistance of the malaria parasite to various medications.Please read as much as possible about malaria prevention advice before going to the Park.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-06

i would like to know if the risk is big if i fall pregnant while taking an anti-malarial

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