Malaria in Rajasthan

#1 Aug 30th, 2010, 21:36
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Hi all,

We are thinking about traveling to Rajasthan in mid September. Someone tipped me that there is a Malaria risk attached with this region. Is this correct? Can anyone confirm this?

I would also appreciate your opinion about traveling to Rajasthan not is season (ie from mid-September to the beginning of October).

Cheers and many thanks in advance,
Elik
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Its the rainy season and eastern and southern rajasthan has some reservoirs / greenery that can be a breeding ground. Chances of malaria / dengue are far higher in more humid and greener states like punjab /UP. There is not a particularly higher risk unless you end up in staying in a less than hygienic place in a city.

I didn't follow your second question but in general its not a very pleasant season. Check 'October heat' on google - most of the places will be oppressively humid rather than just hot.
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September/October is one of the most beautiful seasons to vist Rajasthan, as the "Desert State" is showing a green and lush face in this time with its lakes filled and its surroundings green and sparkeling. Many trees and bushes flower after the monsoon which attracts birds and butterflies.

It can be still quite hot with the occasional shower, but generally humidity is fast declining by Mid-September.

Concerning your first question, Malaria is a problem during monsoon even in Rajasthan, but more so for poor people living in unhygienic housing conditions. The main thing is to try and prevent mosquito bites with a good repellant and suitable clothes (especially during dusk aand evening hours). That minimizes the risk of Malaria and other mosquito-born diseases such as dengue.

Malaria is much more a problem in other states especially in the tropical South but even in Mumbai.
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Mosquitoes do not respect hygiene --- good or bad..

Malaria is not more common in the South. Most of Southern India, excluding Goa (and, not officially, but according to on-the-spot posts on this forum) and Mumbai. The highest risk areas (If I recall correctly) are in the North East.
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Malaria is fairly common during the monsoons. It is now on the decline. But to be safe, once you get to India buy
a) A tube (or 2) of Odomos. They have a cream as well as a gel. The gel is far better - easier to apply. But it is not always available.
b) Goodnight - It's an electrical mosquito repellent.

Safe TRavels!
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@ Nick-H

yes preventing mosqito bites is a question of hygiene. Mosquitos breed best in braquish water or open drainages. Remove these and the number of mosquitos is reduced tremendously. Personal hygiene however does not influence mosquito bites too much I guess ;-)
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Mosquitoes like still water: some species prefer it to be clean, but water is the thing they need, and even a broken coconut shell will do. Whilst they are not attracted to rubbish as such, among that rubbish may well be something that suits their purpose. I wish, I wish, I wish, we could get rid of the flooded empty plots, and the open ditches and drains here: it would make a huge difference.

"Brackish" actually means slightly salty, as in fresh water with some sea water mixing in with it, and I don't think mossies would like that at all. It is one of those English worlds that doesn't mean what it sounds as if it means, ie, dirty, unclean, full of rotten material. (Sorry.... Pedants'R'Us, there )

Personal hygiene? The stickier I get, the more they make a bee-line for me!
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(1) Use mosquito net at night or some good repellents
(2) Try to wear clothes that cover most of your body
(3) During day use personal mosquito repellents spray or cream
(4) Chemoprophylaxis (check for details here or ask your doctor) could give you the best (but not 100%) protection. It is usually recommended if you are going to malaria endemic region.
(5) A combination of all the above methods gives you maximum protection
Dengue fever (caused by aedes aegypti mosquito) is a bigger problem than Malaria (caused by Anopheles mosquito) in north India especially during monsoon season.
Take the above mentioned precautions and you will significantly cut down the risks
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Mosquitoes do not respect hygiene --- good or bad..
Personal, maybe not but I was wondering Nick as to what toiletries you employ as they are scent driven. Don't wear blue I believe it is, yada yada..
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yes use mosquito net at night and put repellent on uncovered body parts and you should be fine.
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I was wondering Nick as to what toiletries you employ
None. I prefer to smell only of me --- for better or for worse!

Anyway, it seems to go down well enough with those mossies!

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