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#116247 - 01/26/06 03:40 PM malaria preventative
snorkelgirl Offline
Last year we spent 1/2 vacation on AC and half in Benque jungle area. We took the 6 weekly doses of Chloroquin. I guess since April is the dry season, we never had mosquito problem. The tablets do cause stomach discomfort for about 24 hrs each dose.

This year, we will spend only 1 day doing the Lamanai tour (April again). Is it worth the chloroquin? Are there more mosquitos on the mainland east than the mainland west?

#116248 - 01/26/06 03:52 PM Re: malaria preventative
Otteralum Offline
Snorkelgirl -- the several times this question has come up -- it always seems to come down to a discussion between you and your doctor. Malaria doesn't sound like fun. My wife and I took the risk and did not take it -- we similarly spent one day inland -- no problems. However, you ultimatley have to make the call.
I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.

#116249 - 01/26/06 04:27 PM Re: malaria preventative
Kra-Z-K Offline
What time of year are you going.

You mention the "Benque Jungle Area." where were you exactly? It was to my knowledge that Benque is a small village/town of nearly all spanish speaking people 15 min from Guatemala. I was not aware it was any type of jungle. I know people from there and am going to visit with them there soon. Please verify this is where you were.

#116250 - 01/26/06 04:38 PM Re: malaria preventative
snorkelgirl Offline
yes, Benque is just a few miles from Guatemala and it is a little town. We did the Mayan ruin tours and cave tubing at Jaquar Paw which is about halfway between Belize City and Benque. Basically saying that we were in the Cayo District and were told we should do malaria prevention if staying there...

#116251 - 01/26/06 05:48 PM Re: malaria preventative
Dan Carey Offline
this can be a real "hot button" topic, with both sides hotly debating their own views. However, I think that everybody agrees that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What I mean is, try to reduce the instances of getting bit. Even if you're on a preventitive, it's smart to roll down your sleeves and wear long pants in the bush, especially around sunup/sundown. Use an effective repellant. Do what you need to do, including using mesh "no seeum" suits if you have to be in the bush in places and times of high risk.

Knock wood, I've never had any symptoms of malaria, although I've had locals tell me "oh, yeah, we've all got malaria". In some places on the planet, you just have to manage the risk as best you can.

"Facts are the enemy of Truth"
Don Quixote

#116252 - 01/26/06 06:35 PM Re: malaria preventative
Kra-Z-K Offline
ah, that is what I thought. So you did the jungle tours near there, Jaguar Paw, etc...which I have been to. Makes sense now! I thought you ment Benque was a jungle and was TOTALLY confused since some very close people I know are from there!

What took you through Benque? I never met a tourist who has been through there and I am excited to visit.

Every time I stayed in Cayo I did not use Malaria prevention.

#116253 - 01/26/06 06:38 PM Re: malaria preventative
klcman Offline
don't blink your eyes....
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#116254 - 01/26/06 06:39 PM Re: malaria preventative
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#116255 - 01/26/06 06:53 PM Re: malaria preventative
klcman Offline
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But then what do I know, I am but a mere caveman

#116256 - 01/26/06 07:07 PM Re: malaria preventative
Scarier is Hepatitis B and infects from restaurante workers, etc. Get your series of Hep shots BEFORE going to Belize-at least the 1st of 3.
Also treat yourself to a tetanus shot. Malaria is not a big deal YET on Ambergris but then there's all that about "GLOBAL".............community talk. Yummy--yummy. frown

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