Weather and Mosquitoes in August?

#1 May 31st, 2013, 21:51
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Hello All,

We will be travelling to Hyderabad mid-August to September 1 from Chicago, and with us will be our 20 month old daughter. I have never been to Hyderabad in August, only in December and January, so I am not sure what to expect weather wise. I know it is rainy season, so should we be worried about mosquitoes, malaria? Should we take anti-malarial medication, especially for our toddler? Thanks advice is much appreciated!
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How old is toddler? As far as I know only Malarone is indicated for the very young. Doxy is not before permanent teeth are in. I edged that a bit as our place in Hyderabad is a hugely affected area. I don't recommend that though in general. Chloroquine with less effectiveness can be tried. However, the child should be well able to swallow pills. My boy chewed once and discovered old dad had a bitter point to the advice. Use nets in any case. This is a huge topic so read up on the numerous threads and infinite posts here. Running away from the infamous topic that shall not be named lest the devil be invoked..
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She will be 20 months old in August. Debating whether to give her the malaria meds or not or load up on deet and pray for the best.
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I am a local and have lived here for long time. August will have mosquitoes. The best way to deal with mosquito menace is to wear clothes that do not expose skin, sleep under mosquito nets (bacause they mostly bother you after sun down), use pest control to reduce the indoor population of mosquitos. The mosquito coils and electric vaporisers have become pretty ineffective.

The incidence depends a lot on the areas in Hyderabad you will be staying in and the frequency of fumigation. The heat of summer has pretty much killed most now, but they will return once the weather get cooler and more humid after rain.
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For that short period you could use pediatric Malarone with your pediatrician's advice. Its bloody expensive. If you are in Chicago you could consider a reputable Canadian pharmacy. The rates I saw quoted there saved roughly 22%.
Now Narendra is getting me nervous as I plan for the Spring of next year. But, I'll probably go by sis in law's direction as she plain spoken doesn't want to have to treat me again..
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What he said

Doctor/pediatrician (or travel clinic)

Malarone
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Hehe I was just being safe..moodu Is 3 that's all I knew and yet I was confused :P :P thanks.
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I found my first mosquito of the season last night. I think you may want to use nets or bassinet type net, if you are the non-violent type. In some areas, they spray some vile stuff ( i think it might not be good for the babies ), so avoid it as much as you can. There are many tools to tackle this menace, i have found none of them work reliably.

Nowadays, the street vendors have started ( saw them since last year) selling a net that is like a tent. You go in and zip it up. Closed from all sides. Surely that should provide some good winks.

I stay away from the chemicals/sprays/creams as much as i can. i do not want to help the mosquitoes acquire immunity to the chemicals/sprays/creams.
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I don't care about the moskies, I care about me having it on me. Still. I am a long time fan of Odomos..
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and one more thing. If the rains bring wind as well, power will be shut off. this is because most of the city/country still has exposed wiring (as in above ground). There are times when power might not come back for the whole night, specially when wind collapses trees onto the power lines, and they cannot be fixed until daylight.

Unless you have a power backup, it is a good idea to include one of your mosquito solutions to be able to deal with such situations.
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Thanks for the responses guys, does anyone know of any side effects of Malerone? Also, I was thinking of getting a treated mosquito net to use, anyone know where I can buy one from the US?
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Originally Posted by chicagodesi View Post Thanks for the responses guys, does anyone know of any side effects of Malerone? Also, I was thinking of getting a treated mosquito net to use, anyone know where I can buy one from the US?
We have used Malarone for six or seven six-week trips and experienced no side effects.

You might try CDC _ choosing anti-malaria drugs and read "Reasons that might make you avoid using this drug."

Be prepared for Bruce Moon to tell you not to take Malarone, or presumably anything else produced by big pharma.
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I've used Malarone twice with no side effects. I'm hoping to make another trip soon, and I'll use it again.

I would recommend it.
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I recommend Malarone as well and note it has by far the least side effects. However, I know of one confirmed case where it made someone here ill (CH). The solution, stop taking anything that affects you negatively & go to plan B. For all malarials read the instructions and follow them religiously and that will cut down significantly on any side effects. This is especially the case with Doxy, which is what I use because it is dirt cheap in India (not for toddlers). In any case, you want to use normal precautions (net, etc.) even if you do employ a malarial regime.

One of the best things I took to Hyderabad in August was a battery powered electric fan. It can get hot under a net. I reached Shivasa status with my mother in law when I took fiberglass window screening and epoxy to attach it to the windows..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post ...One of the best things I took to Hyderabad in August was a battery powered electric fan. It can get hot under a net...
Good suggestion. They can be had small enough to keep in your pocket, too, and are incredibly useful for cooling down after that sweaty rush to your seat in Economy, or the dash to the luggage carousel. Other travellers will look at you at you initially as if you are decidedly odd; but as the first trickle of sweat stings their eyes, they will be very jealous.

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