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a VirtualTourist member from Copenhagen asked on Jun 23, 2016

Philippines

Malaria prophylaxis

Hello!

I am travelling to Cambodia and the Philippines this summer.
I am staying a week in Cambodia, 3 days in Siem Reap and 4 days in Phnom Phen. Then I am going to the Philipines for almost two weeks, 6 days in Laoag and Pagudpud and then the rest of the time in Manila.
When I look at the Danish health department's guidelines for Malaria prophylaxis they recommend to take tablets but they then link to a malaria map on the national health services website for the UK, and when I look at that map the areas I am visiting has the "low to no risk, antimalaria is usually not advised" colour.
So I am a bit torn on what to do, does people normally take antimalaria tablets when travelling in these areas, or just make sure to use mozzie reppellant with DEET and proper clothing?
I am thinking theres always a risk that there will be a malaria infected mozzie in the area because you cant control where they fly, and I normally trust the travel advices of the health department.

Any advices from experienced travellers in these areas would be appreciated!

Lillian



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answered on 6/23/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Not all places in Philippines has malaria. Some says Palawan has malaria, but we never took any malaria pills. You may take those pills with you and listen to what your doctors advice. We all have different opinion. In our case we didn't needed, we travelling to North Luzon last year. We have mosqueto repellent from Deet.




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answered on 6/23/16 by
a VT member from Copenhagen

Thank you [VT member 10daf0], [VT member 74d1b] was marked as malaria area too on the map and was recommended to take profylaxis, so I would if I was going there.
So hard to navigate through all the advices sometimes.




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answered on 6/23/16 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

I have lived here in Palawan for 21 years and never taken malaria pills, but better safe than sorry as it is not a big deal to take a few pills compared to ending up sick for a couple of weeks.Dengue fever is on the increase all over SE Asia in the last few years. Two of my friends came down with dengue two weels ago. there is not much you can do to prevent it and you just have to sit it out, drink lots of water, but if you start bleeding from any orifice get yourself to hospital quickly as this is dangerous




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answered on 6/24/16 by
a VT member from Makati

If you say you'll visit Laoag, Pagudpud and Manila then malaria is the least of your worries. As David said, dengue fever is the main concern particularly now that the monsoon season is here. Mosquito bites cannot be prevented totally so just cover up your arms, legs and feet (it'll be warm and stuffy, I know) as best as you can.




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answered on 6/24/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Of course you can prevent for not having a bites by using repellent, how stronger is your repellent how free you are from mosquitos. Talking with our experience which we've done all time on our trips.....Carry the repellent always with you, used it day and night

I know is sometimes confusing when travelling around the globe if you need a malaria pill or not. If you searching on the internet it'll more complicated, is best to consult your doctor.

In all our trips we only take once malaria pill during our trip to South Africa.... a pills that we have to take a few weeks before the trip... our doctor recommend us specially going to Kruger National Park where a very high risk of malaria, but since then we never went to a doctor each of our trips, I don't like malaria pills I get sick from it

We have been to more than 70 countries in the world where malarias are stated....we're just return our trip from South America (Ecuador) we spent 5 days in the Amazon where a very high risks of malaria, we didn't take any pills....we used mosquito repellent from DEET 50% a very strong stuff, it cost more than usual repellent but is really a good stuff....this are available in spray, lotion or roll-on....we use the roll-on is easy and you don't have to rub with your hands

If you taking care of yourself by protecting against mosquito it will be fine, but if you have any doubts, best to take the pill with you.

You certainly have to protect yourself Dengue is transmitted disease by mosquito and there is no prevention against Dengue

By the way if you are going to Laoag and Pagudpud is best to visit Vigan...these are three places in Ilocos that worth to see...here are my pages in Ilocos, we first went to Laoag [original VT link] ....and then on our way to Pagudpud [original VT link] ....the last we went to Vigan [original VT link]





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