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Dec 24th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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Also had an experience with a nasty bout of stomach upset etc. when staying at Chobe Chilwero in Botswana. Put me in bed for a few days and luckily we were staying for 5 nights so I had time to recuperate a bit before heading to the next spot, but I did feel quite lousy for 5 or 6 days after the onset even with the use of imodium.

Like Kavey, I'm rather susceptible to these problems while traveling to areas which require extra precautions, however I don't think I was as vigilant about not eating salads and fresh fruit etc. as I should have been and may have picked something up this way. My spouse fortunately had no problems at all and usually doesn't so I guess it depends a lot on the individual and their particular sensitivities.

I always use bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth etc. and will continue to do so and on our upcoming trip in spring '06 I will definitely use extra care with my food choices.

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Thanks for the info about the water in Windhoek. I will definitely be extra cautious even when showering. Don't want another episode like the last one.
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Dec 25th, 2005, 03:12 AM
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Based on the advice from this forum I picked up two scripts for cipro the day before I left. Went to the chemist who called me aside to point out it is $95.00 a script, it is not on the PBS in Australia. After gulping, and he very nicely dropping the price to $65.00 or $130.00 in total, I figured - well $500.00 for Malarone - many thousand for the trip and I'm back into the safari dollar jig. It's just one big hand in the pocket job, isn't it? They did tell me it is the best and it has a very long life so I can probably take it with me when I travel to Asia next.

Speaking of which - years ago, I was took a business trip to Kalimantan to look at some coal mines. This required lots of helicopter flights. A young colleague got sick. She thinks it was after eating some food in Newton's Circus in Singapore, but it could have been something she touched etc. Because she was afraid of diarrhea on the helicopters, she didn't eat or drink and became very ill anything with dysentry. She had to be flown back to Australia - first class and it took quite a lot out of her. I still don't thinks she has forgiven me as I suggested Newton's Circus. She only ate noodles which we saw being cooked. No seafood or meat or salad.
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Dec 25th, 2005, 11:05 AM
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Travilin, your doctor is a fool. Unless you're old and frail taste the food! The freshest, tastiest mangoes etc. Take normal precautions.. but the salads etc at lodges are lovely!
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Dec 27th, 2005, 02:54 AM
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TMI is indeed Too Much Information!

Fruits that can be peeled aren't a problem provided you just ask for them unpeeled and peel them yourself OR you're staying somewhere that gives you confidence in it's hygiene standards.

I ate fruit and salads in all the Wilderness Safari camps in Botswana and never got poorly at all.

Saro, sorry to hear Cipro was so expensive. Might be worth finding out whether the chemist would buy it back if unused? Just a thought.

What we tend to do in my family is create a medical kit with uptodate meds in it that gets passed between my parents, my sister and us depending on who has a trip. When something is used or out of date one of us replaces it.

That way we're not throwing quite as much out of date stuff away unecessarily.
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Dec 28th, 2005, 04:44 PM
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Thanks Everyone!
We usually eat most everything while travelling. I guess the Travel Clinic was just being extra cautious. We have Cipro, Lomatil and have taken Dukoral and all the shots so we should be well covered if we do get a bit dodgy!
DREHBURG... I had to laugh at your comment about McD's fixing you up in Thailand. Whenever I am feeling crappy (even at home)I swear a fix of McD's always cures what ails me!!
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Dec 29th, 2005, 04:44 AM
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As an alternative to Cipro I have a script for Xifaxan (rifaximin). It's specific for only the colon unlike Cipro being a broad spectrum.

My understanding is that it can be used as a preventative or work quickly if one is experiencing the Tanzania quick step.

The side effects such as photosensitivity, yeast and upper/lower GI problems etc. will not be as great and it's much less costly.

I will also be bringing Cipro for flu like symtoms due to my med. history, although this may not be nec. for anyone else.

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