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mosquitoes
12 years ago, April 11th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #12702  
N Posts: 10
I will be in africa for two months in july and august .
is there mosquitoes there in these months ? Reply to this

12 years ago, April 12th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #12765  
Hey jaymmzzs,

It all depends on where in Africa you are travelling to? In southern Africa there will always be mosquitos around but in winter, which is around the time you are talking about, they are less of a problem due to the cold weather. I run a volunteer based company (www.theconservationco.com) in South Africa and we reccomend that anyone coming out to volunteer with us in South Africa bring malaria prophylactics as well as mosquito repellant regardless of the time of year. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 13th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #12793  
Yes, where exactly in Africa? Reply to this

12 years ago, April 13th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #12843  
You would be silly not to see a doctor about getting malaria medication. I know that in the big National Parks in SA they tend to spray the campsites so often there are not too many mozzies around.

It obviously depends where you are going? Reply to this

12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #12851  
N Posts: 10
thanks , matabele ,

rconpascua , I will be in 8 countries , starting in kenya crossing over to nambia then down to south africa .

hitcho yes of course i will see a doctor ????? are you even allowed to travel with out shots ? maybe you were having a bad day but i just found your whole reply to be rude and a waste of time , you say it would be silly to see a doctor , then you go on to say it obviously depends where you are going ? why such anger ? you dont need to answer. I really avoid people like you Reply to this

12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #12865  
B Posts: 37
Jaymmzzs, uhm, chill out on the attitude. You asked the question, and if you had gone to a travel doc, you wouldn't have needed to waste OUR time answering your question. We're happy to help, to share what we've learned, but don't go jumping on people who bother to help you.

Yes, you'll need Malaria meds for the places you mentioned. Monsoon is basically June & July, so there will be standing water. Some 2000 people die EVERY DAY on the African continent from Malaria, including whites and Westerners, so take it seriously. Some MDs prescribe dioxycycline as a preventative, and then have you take one of the heavier treatment/cures with in case you actually contract the disease itself. The other meds are hard on the bod, some make you feel sick, and others give you all-too-vivid dreams/nightmares. Mosti (mosquito) spray is a must-have, as is a no-see-'em level screen tent. I personally strongly recommend the Hubba-Hubba from MSR (Mountain Safety Research) in that it has plenty of ventilation, the rain fly actually works and keeps you totally dry during monsoon rains, and it's very light and compact to carry.

Hrm... having shared that shameless plug for MSR, I think you'll still be wanting to be INSIDE on that part of Africa; pitching a tent could make you what's for breakfast in some of those areas.😉 But you'll still want the netting or somesuch. Personally, I ddin't mind the slight weight of the Hubba-Hubba, and even set it up in a room at one place that wasn't particularly clean and all.. as a barrier against whatever might have been in and on the bed and in the room. But your call.

You'll need Yellow Fever vaccination. The WHO has a yellow card for your shots. Some places will ask to see it, many won't give a rat's butt, since it's not them getting sick or dying. Strongly recommend the full battery, including reup of your polio if it has been a good while since you had one. Hepatitis.... the travel doc will have a list. Get 'em all. You still may not have anything for cholera, or tse-tse fly (sleeping sickness.)

The east coast of Africa may be more sophisticated in places than West Africa, but that doesn't necessarily mean diseases from one side don't make it to the other.

Hope this helps. If you don't care for the reply, don't pay for it.;P

Peace & Creation,

JT
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12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #12881  
N Posts: 10
falc ,
um what ?
is that a yes or no on mosquitoes ? Reply to this

12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 8 Msg: #12886  
Jaymmzzs, just relax. You asked a question and I provided some personal input. Input that was almost exactly the same as the two posts above. I cannot be held responsible if you choose to take my advice completely the wrong way. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 9 Msg: #12889  
B Posts: 37
Nah, Jaymmzzs, you don't need to worry about no steenkin' mosquitos! We'll do a sky burial.

First this nitwit asks if there are mosquitos on an entire CONTINENT, and now that brilliant troll flash. This thing have an Ignore button?
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12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 10 Msg: #12891  
N Posts: 10
falc ,
you have personal problems ,
you never answered my question you just tried to sell some products ,
then you start name calling .
whats next you going to ask to fight ?
time to grow up , maybe stay away from my questions if you dont like them. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 11 Msg: #12892  
B Posts: 37
LOL! Okay, time for a moderator to get rid of this troll. The question was pretty dull-witted in the first place, but I figured maybe you really didn't know. Now this post, and I see you're just here to stir up dung. Your question was answered at least 3 times, and nobody did any name-calling. Bye! Go find some forum that likes to waste its time. We're busy actually living life here. No more time for your nonsense. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 12 Msg: #12895  
N Posts: 10
OMG
What the hell is wrong with you ?
you say isnt there an ignore button , but you keep coming back here.
Maybe its hard for you to figure out but a way to ignore this topic is not click on it.
thats hard for you to understand isn;t it.
The only troll here is you . I asked a question and for some reason you jumped in trying to sell something , spammer.
Then in message 9 you resort to name calling , but for some reason , I guess its your memory failing , you come back to say you never called names,
Well that is you posting in message 9 ,
Maybe you have alzheimer's , but god I hope when Im as old as you I am not hanging around some site calling people names , then not remembering it an hour later.
So one more time for you , to ignore this post , dont click on it ,
Try to remember that for longer then two minutes.,.
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12 years ago, April 15th 2007 No: 13 Msg: #12924  
B Posts: 5,187
Jaymmzzs;

There are mosquitos in Africa, lots of them, you will be bitten, you will meet people that have had or have malaria.

You need to consider malaria seriously - malerone (sp?) - is currently considered the best preventative medcine, but it's better not to be bitten at all.


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