My husband got Malaria symptoms after visiting Koh Chang Island in Thailand. This is serious matter specially when travelling. We travelled to Koh Chang on green season it means rainy season in Thailand.But it’s not worst than you expected some days are raining but the rest is nice and hot weather. However at night mosquitos started to show up at balcony we can’t even sit that long because of annoying mosquitoes. We bring some mosquito lotion/repellent but it seems not working in Thailand mosquitos.
I’m already frustrated and I want to go back in Bangkok “I know it doesn’t work that way” change mood, so we walked to a minimart nearby and buy available mosquito repellent. The repellant works at last positive again we also buy mosquito coil we started to used it so we can sit in the balcony in the morning till lunch time. At night we avoid to sit in the balcony because of hell lot of mosquitoes.
How to prevent Malaria:
Mosquito bite, Photo credit to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62974433@N07
- Choose accommodation with bed-nets when sleeping if you think the area is infested of mosquitoes.
- The mosquito transmits malaria mostly attacks at night avoid sitting on balcony at night or alternative wear long sleeve clothing.
- If possible to ask your doctor for antimalarial drugs before traveling.
- Use insect/mosquito repellent, most of the minimart in Koh Chang selling 2 in 1 repellent for insect and mosquito.
Recommended Insect repellant we have started using while in Koh Chang is Thiti phuri Insect Repellant, Citronella Oil Extract which seems to work, smells nice too.
Just a brief reminder to all traveler specially on backpackers who will visit Koh Chang in the future like the most doctors says ” prevention is better than cure”. After Thailand trip my husband still feeling dizzy and had fever too. I advise him to see the doctor and make a consultation here in Denmark. The doctor referred him on a big hospital for blood testing. According to the doctor malaria can’t be detected in one blood test and it has many form. In three consecutive days they need to get blood sample from him I feel so sad for him because his arm looks like nearly eggplant in color because of blood samples. Luckily the first test was negative after two days the doctor called with good news he is negative on Malaria.
Picture source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sydeen (front picture)