Malaria in Thailand
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 8:06 AM Last Post By: jclw95
Mar 14, 2013 2:57 PM
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Mar 14, 2013 10:20 PM
3Where you are going will be OK. It's mostly a problem during certain parts of the year around the Burmese and Laotian borders. There, taking meds would be important as a new strain of malaria has developed that has a high percentage of death rates. The meds prevent it, but nothing helps it if you get it. That being said, it's not going to be present in your travel areas. Using a bugnet at night and deet will also be a good preventative anywhere in Thailand. During the rainy season, Chiang Mai has a lot of mosquitoes, although they are more annoying than dangerous.
Mar 14, 2013 10:45 PM
Mar 15, 2013 1:29 AM
Mar 15, 2013 3:43 AM
Mar 15, 2013 7:19 AM
The biology is complex, but basically, there will often be a parasite or two that, as a result of mutation, is a little harder to kill that the rest. If a drug is used properly, eventually the mutated bug succumbs. If used improperly, the bug survives to reproduce & pass on its genes to its progeny.
This article describes the process in understandable language, not doctor-ese. Drug-Resistant Malaria Vexes Health Workers in Cambodia
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Mar 15, 2013 7:29 PM
8I agree with the majority, been living in Thailand for thirteen years and never been worried about malaria, true, if you are going to spend time in jungle areas close to Thailand's borders, then you should consider it a possible threat.
Best advice is to be sensible, there are many more mosquito borne diseases in Thailand, as already mentioned the main threat is from Dengue fever , there has been a huge rise in the number of dengue cases, and it can occur anywhere.
Mar 16, 2013 8:06 AM
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