Risk is part of life – we accept that. As such, we are not risk averse travellers. We travel to some pretty far flung places and accept that this comes with some challenges. However, we do like to know what our risks are, so that we can make wise decisions and, if nothing else, know when we should be concerned if one of us should fall ill. Malaria is a risk in most tropical and sub-tropical areas; it thrives in environments that are humid and have and high rainfall – perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed in and thrive.
Malaria is primarily is a risk primarily in provinces that border Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, and Laos.
Anti-Malaria medication recommended for Thailand:
– Chloroquine resistance has been documented
– Mefloquine resistance ha been documented.
The information we provide here was as far as we knew in 2023. You should speak to a travel clinic for the most accurate and up to date information.
The following areas have rare to few cases:
There is no malaria risk in these areas:
The following provinces are worth noting as a risk, especially the rural forest and forest fringe areas:
Nakhoni Si Thammarat
Dengue fever is a risk in many part of Thailand and there are reports of increased risk in 2023. There is no preventative medication or vaccine available for this. The only prevention is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites (e.g.: apply DEET-based repellant regularly; use mosquito nets when sleeping) as much as is reasonably possible. Learn more at the CDC.
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