Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Jaeda | 2010-04-16

Q.

Malaria

Hi Doc,

Please advise if it is safe to visit the Louweld, Mpumulanga area on holiday for a week with a 6 week old baby and a 2 and a half year old toddler?

Many thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is always a difficult question to answer. The World health Organisation now advises that children under 8 years should not be taken into a malarial area unless this is absolutely necessary. I would definiely not advise you to take your 6 week old baby into this area. Your 2 and a half year old may possibly go as long as you take very careful protective measures including letting him/her sleep under special mosquito nets

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