02-07-2019 by redazione
Holiday time. For those who are preparing to make a trip to Kenya is useful an update on the situation of prevention and treatment of tropical diseases and other diseases in East Africa.
In the meantime, we reiterate that to stay in Kenya is not required to make any vaccination. Yellow fever has not been present in the territory for years and since 1989 it is no longer compulsory to do it. It is required only to those arriving from countries where it is mandatory and still present, such as Tanzania and Congo. If during your trip you stop at airports in countries that require certain vaccinations, unless you leave the airport, you do not have to comply with these requirements, because the airport is considered a free zone.
In the case of malaria, the vaccine has been in the testing phase for eight months now, but according to the latest information received it will only concern children. For adults, it is always advisable not to use antimalarial prophylaxis, which is harmful to the liver, kidneys and other organs, as well as for heart patients and, above all, is not able to fully cover the risk of contracting parasitosis.
Increasingly used instead is the a posteriori treatment, i.e. drugs based on artemisinin, such as Coartem. In Kenyan pharmacies you can buy the "kit" with the do-it-yourself slide to check for the presence of "plasmodium falciparum", and with two combined medicines. Price: no more than 20 euro.
It is then up to the precautions and fears of each of us to decide whether to immunize ourselves from Hepatitis B, but the chances of contracting it are not greater than in any holiday resort in the Mediterranean.
For the western man, not accustomed to contact with tap water (which for the local population is drinkable but not for us) the risk of contracting some gastrointestinal viruses, such as jardia, amoeba and intestinal parasitosis.
As in many other countries of the world, it is recommended to wash well the food to be consumed uncooked (fruit and vegetables).
Pay attention to food consumed in street stalls, fish and raw crustaceans, if not obviously freshly caught.
Even ice in Kenyan premises can be made with tap water, better to avoid (or ask).
Some health warnings in the network draw on news from twenty or thirty years ago.
In the meantime kenya has evolved and also many general practitioners, although artemisininin is recently available but only in hospitals and administered only after hospitalization, still erroneously recommend prophylaxis.
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