SOME HEALTH ADVICES FOR A TRIP IN THAILAND

HEALTH, VACCINE, RISKS DURING A PHUKET TRAVEL

BORNE DISEASES INSECT BITES 
OR CONTACT WITH ANIMALS::

  • Malaria is present in border areas, close to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia. The strains are highly resistant to chloroquine (level 3 resistance). Elsewhere in the country, no chemoprophylaxis is necessary.
  • Dengue is endemic in Thailand; outbreaks are common during the wet season (May to November) with a peak in July and August. Between January and mid-July 2011, the health authorities have identified more than 23 000 cases in the country including 13 deaths. Dengue is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes whose symptoms are: fever, rash, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea. In severe forms of the disease, hemorrhagic manifestations can occur. NO !!! Aspirin use repellant is recommended.
  • Thailand is affected by the outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza. Between 2004 and 2006, the country has recorded 25 human bird flu cases (17 fatal). Nevertheless, between 2007 and today, no new cases have been indexed.
  • Animal rabies exists in this country.
  • Diarrhoeal diseases are common in Thailand.
  • Because of the risk of parasitic infection, it is not advisable to swim in stagnant water or walking barefoot on wet soils.
  • Between mid-October and mid-November 2009, almost 1 000 people have contracted cholera in Pattani province (south). To reduce the risk of contamination, it is essential to wash hands before meals; it is also recommended to use the decontaminated water.
  • RECOMMENDED VACCINES:
    Diphtheria Tetanus-Polio
    Hepatitis A and B
  • THE MAIN DANGER IN THAILAND: THE ROAD

Roads are often silted up after heavy rain and very slippery turns. 
Trucks and buses have priority. The lights are not always respected, a "priority" route, cars, motorcycles (and dogs!) Are committed even if you arrive at high speed. The fish tail is also much appreciated: we double you and cut the road to turn the moment following on the left. And end up the greatest feature of the country: the bikes roll in the opposite direction (on short distances) on the emergency lane, frontal impacts are very common.
Warning in Thailand, the pedestrian waiting for a clear road before crossing. 
The recommendations, you'll understand: put on a helmet and take a cautious driving.

  • DANGEROUS ANIMALS

Stray dogs crossing the street outside the crosswalk and aggressive can bite. 
Snakes often scary but tell you that the coconut falls kill more people ... 
Centipedes them lurk, appear and bite (exterior and interior!) 
Few mosquito invasions in Phuket (often windy) but they are voracious at dusk.

  • YOUR PHARMACY KIT

You can take a minimum or not. There are pharmacies every 500 meters ... 
Think of the essentials: betadine, bandages, biafine, paracetamol, anti diarrheal, sunscreens (more expensive in Thailand). 
Remember condoms, HIV is highly present in the country !!!