Subject: Re: Re: Malaria
One more comment about malaria--the pills that are prescribed are not a guarantee against contracting malaria. Some of the strains have mutated so as to not be affected by either of the currently available drugs. Even when taking the drug, the most important thing to remember is to avoid being bitten. Although the malaria carrying mosquitoes do not come out until dusk, mosquitoes carrying other not too nice diseases such as dengue fever and Japanese Encephalitis are out during daylight hours. Cover up with light colored clothing, spray your clothing with permethrin and apply an insect repellant containing DEET to your skin. Don't leave openings at wrists, neck or ankles. At night, use mosquito netting. And yes, I know, using DEET raises a whole series of other questions, but, as Deb has reminded us, malaria is a very bad disease.

Lisa in Chicago