Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 4:08 PM Last Post By: malvolio
Nov 14, 2012 11:12 AM
health concernshi all
i am planning to be in burma in late jan and early feb. i know this is during the dry season, but am still concerned about malaria and dengue. are mosquitos a problem then in major tourist areas? or even places like Mawlamyine and lashio? should one carry a permetherin treated net or wear treated clothes? do backpacker inns and guesthouses have nets? how about having to spray one's self with repellent whenever out, esp in the eves? thanks for any info. i havent seen anything on the forum on this subject.
Nov 14, 2012 11:19 AM
1I never take anything in Burma and I did get dengue and nearly died from it ,
dengue is from daytime mozzies and I caught mine on Indawggyi lake. juat get a bottle deet spray ie Autan in Thailand around 60 baht a bottle is enough and wear long slacks and long shirt /sleeves early evenings in open. There is nothing you can take for dengue anyway and paracetamol is only medicine for it and that just to bring your temperature down.
don't worry and have a great time
Nov 14, 2012 2:28 PM
Mosquitoes are always a problem wherever it's warm. Listen to Montyman: DEET, DEET, DEET, and then some more DEET. It's the best preventative against malaria and the only one against dengue.
Nov 14, 2012 2:43 PM
3Generally the accommodation that is in an area with mozzies are set up for it, ie screens on windows, nets or aircondioning. Then all you have to worry about is wandering around outside, so wear long sleeves etc, and use deet. It's only a small chance of getting wiped out with a mozzie type disease, but with these precautions you should be OK. But ensure your Hep A vaccine is in order, that's one that seems effective.
Nov 14, 2012 5:39 PM
4Currently in Bagan - been traveling for 2.5 weeks including Moulmein area - there are very few mosquitos at the moment - I can say that will assurance because the buggers love me if they are here they will find me. Bring DEET, but the primethrium soaked clothes were a waste of money.
Everywhere we've been has either had screens or nets (or both). Unless you are going rock bottom budget a lot of places have A/C as required. I think Lashio is too high to be a concern (over 1000m is safe for malaria not sure about dengue).
Bring plenty of DEET and suntan lotion - haven't seen either available here - everything else is though (except I doubt the validity of the perscription meds - bring any of those you want too)
Edited by: midlifetravel
Nov 15, 2012 1:13 AM
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Nov 15, 2012 4:08 PM
Are you calling me unjust or dark-complected?
My criticism was solely of using thanaka as sunscreen. Thanaka can be a beautiful look (see GIS for some lovely examples of thanaka-ed women), but I seriously doubt its effectiveness at warding off UV.
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