Malaria situation in GB
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 25, 2013 1:43 PM Last Post By: IntrepidGee
Mar 4, 2013 10:54 AM
Malaria situation in GBHello everyone!
A stupid question and hard to answer, but I ask anyways:
How high is the chance to get malaria in GB right now? I'm going to the Parque Nacional do Catanhez and to the islands. Is it possible to get good repellent with high DEED in Bissau?
Thanks for any answer!
Mar 4, 2013 11:50 AM
1Not a stupid question. "Stupid" would be assuming it's not a problem and taking no precautions.
I decided to check 4 of my usual sources. There is serious risk of malaria in all parts of the country, year round. It is primarily falciparum, the species most likely to be fatal. Here is a link in German. Guinea-Bissau
Can't hep with the DEET question.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Mar 5, 2013 4:07 AM
2I've been all over mainland Guinea Bissau multiple times during March and April, and can confirm the presence of mosquitoes in all parts of the country during this time period.
Don't count on being able to find DEET repellent easily in Bissau, the locals don't use it. Try a shop that caters to expats.
Mar 6, 2013 2:56 AM
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Mar 18, 2013 2:30 AM
6I have never seen strong deet in any Third world country I've visited. I bring extra bottles just in case I run out. I
f you ever read threads from a regular poster by the name of kira, she/somebody had a friend die of malaria because the friend was only going for a couple of days on business and didn't bother to treat him/herself for malaria. Just food for thought!
Apr 25, 2013 1:43 PM
7Having travelled in malarial zones in W. Africa, here's my take:
Bring a good, easy-to-hang mosquito net with you (although they do sell them there)
Bring a long sleeved cuffed shirt and long pants to wear at dawn/dusk when the mosquitoes bite the most. Keep exposed skin covered, even if it's hot and you're dying for a breeze.
Bring your own repellent but don't rely on it only.
Take the recommended prophylactic medicine.
Remember, it's not just malaria that's transmitted by mosquitoes. Dengue fever is a risk and it presents itself with similar symptoms.