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Malaria

Getting ill with Malaria should be one your biggest concerns.

This is because the disease comes with
teeth-chattering chills and flu-like symptoms and a high fever.
One minute you feel so cold that you will dive under a ton of blankets,
and the next you will throw blankets all off.

Malaria is transmitted through the female anopheles mosquito,
which sneaks up on you and pierces the skin with its long
needle-like mouth to suck blood that it uses to nurture its eggs.
As it continues to bite different people,
it passes on a Plasmodia parasite, which causes Malaria.

Only a small percentage of mosquitoes can infect with Malaria,
but once you are infected, you must go straight to hospital for treatment.
This is because Malaria kills by destroying red blood cells and by
clogging the capillaries that carry blood to the brain or other vital organs.

The good news is that Malaria infection has reduced in Kenya,
but it’s better to be safe than sorry,
so visit your doctor before your come on a Safari to Kenya and
take some preventative medication.
Also carry some good mosquito repellent.
Tips you can follow to avoid Malaria:

• Most bites happen in the evening/night time so stay indoors.

• Make sure that your bed has a mosquito net.

• Find out if your Safari will take you to a Malaria-prone area.

• Wear long sleeved shirts, trousers, and socks if possible.

• Use a good mosquito repellent and spray the inside of your room before you sleep.

• Get your doctor to treat you with preventative medicine
and give advice on Malaria before you travel.

Yellow fever
Yellow fever is also transmitted by mosquitoes
but there is a vaccine for it that your doctor can give advice on.

It is called ‘yellow’ as it yellows the skin and whitens the eyes
because of some obstruction to the bile duct, which goes to the liver.

This obstruction stops the liver from cleaning
out toxins from your body so they increase and cause the yellow colour in your skin.

Some doctors may confuse it will malaria because the symptoms
of high fever and chills are similar.
Get a Yellow Fever vaccination before you go on your Safari.

In fact, this is especially important now that the disease broke out
recently in some African countries,
after many decades.

Once you get the vaccine, you will be given a card that you
can proudly show at the airport upon arrival.

Hepatitis and Typhoid
You might like eating like me, and trying different foods that tingle your taste-buds.
This is always an enjoyable experience, but if you plan
on traveling upcountry during your Safari,
then be sure to get vaccinated against Hepatitis and Typhoid.

These two diseases are often transmitted through infected
water and food, which is easy to stumble upon in small eating joints in villages,
as well as open food markets.

Inform your doctor on your travel itinerary as he might know
what to recommend on medication, vaccination,
and sanitation and hygiene measures that you can take.
This advice varies depending on where you intend to travel,
and where you come from, but it is very useful.

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