Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hoff900, Oct 21, 2018.
I travel to Africa a lot with work (including all 3 places you have mentioned albeit Nairobi/Kenya a majority of the time) and used to take Malarone but in recent years not bothered as I used to get hit with side effects such as sleep issues. So far no issues whatsoever (although I spend 80% of time in offices and don't get a huge amount of time to go to any reserves. The only place I noticed there being lots of mosquitos was at the Victoria Falls (border of Zimbabwe/Zambia), as its very wet(!), hot etc they love it there, especially in the evenings (wouldn't stop me going back though its amazing!). As your missus is pregnant of course seek advice from your doctor primarily but if it were mine I would make sure she stays covered up in the evenings, plenty of deet spray, lemon thingies stuck around her ankles and neck etc and of course make sure you stay in high end hotels where the bedrooms are regularly sprayed.
No no your quite right, Scumthorpe is a **** hole full of animals.
Your unborn child seems to be at risk either way (taking strong anti-malaria drugs whilst carrying a foetus, or foregoing the drugs and running the risk of infection).
The answer is clear to me - don't go. You'd be mad to. The risks are too great, however small.
This is no different to standard pregnancy side-effects except being shorter lived.
Congrats on the baby mate.
Personally, if we were in this situation we would still go, and just cover ourselves in neat deet.
We once went away when she was pregnant and read that taking a vitamin B supplement (can't remember which) for a few weeks before going away reduced the chances of being bitten. I honestly believe it worked as we barely got a single bite between us despite riding elephants through a damp and humid jungle. Only side effect was our hair and fingernails grew faster than ever.
Another vote for don't risk going.
My wife was 3 months pregnant when we were planning our (late) honeymoon. Was April and the only regions hot at that time of year had the Zika virus scare. The only place that ticked all the boxes and had no health risk warnings was Mauritius (which turned out to be beautiful).
Sounds like you already know the risks but I used this source to look up the active viruses/risks in each area https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
In these days of the internet I bet there is a website where you can "swap" holidays or something with other people?
Its difficult and I wouldn't recommend either way, however, if it was me, I'd still go. I'm sure there's people who get pregnant and have perfectly healthy kids in S. Africa lol
Thanks for the advice lads, we decided to cancel in the end , we wouldn't enjoy it while we where there, we'd just be too worried about getting bitten.
But booked up to go to Athens and Santorini instead
Santorini looks amazing, have a great time and congrats!
I went to the Greek isles the other year, and it was one of the most enjoyable sun holidays I have had, you'll surely enjoy that much more than worrying for 3 weeks solid.
Scunny is a pure delight this time of year, everyone gets there wonky ugg boots out for bonfire night, ill be more than happy to give you a guided tour of the interesting areas*
*Your safety is not guaranteed
Santorini is very nice.