Originally Posted by whipper_snapper
I spent ten years in Tanzania, caught malaria many times and knew many people who died from it - and in one case from the drugs used to cure it - Halfan, now banned.
I took prophylaxix for some three years and then started getting side effects - persistant mouth ulcers and headaches. Ultimately I was contracting malaria regularly and it really affected my overall wellbeing - it is a REALLY debilitating disease. It does depend where you are - many areas near the coast and in swamps are seriously awful for mossies but in drier and higher areas you may seldom see one.
As Whippersnappers post falciparum malaria does not recur - but vivax malaria does, its chronic not acute, though its apparently no longer very common.
Most of the drugs have horrible side effects when used as a cure - one I did use with no effects was Cotecxin (sp?) - not sure if this is still used?
I have recently been in South Sudan and very surprised by how few mossies there are - but I am still taking prophylactics.
Malaria likes nothing better than fresh white blood - the expats worst nightmare is getting marlaria when in 'blightly' - the onset of acute symtoms is frighteningly quick and you go from having a 'bad cold' to being essentially in a coma in a matter of hours. I guess the last stage is equally quick but fortunately managed (so far) to avoid this! The thought of going to A+E with it is frightening - you'd be in a box by the time they got the test results back.
All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds,
wake in the day to find that it was vanity.
But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
- T.E. Lawrence -