Dellol

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
Hi all, don't meant to scare monger anyone and I hope the answer to my question is NO, but a friend of mine, who is a doctor's receptionist, told me last night that there is an outbreak of Malaria in Turkey at the moment and to make sure to get the tablets. My parents are heading over next week and I just wanted to be sure. I have looked it up and can't find any headlines about it, so I just hope she has been misinformed.....:27:
 
Is Malaria in Turkey?????
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Now that's interesting. I go to Adana a lot.

Whoops.
 

mariaca

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
I think you can find it in the Eastern provinces.... But I would also like to know more if there is an outbreak now.
 

juco

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
Source...travel health

Summary of recommendations for Turkey:

All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.

Malaria:Â Prophylaxis with chloroquine is recommended for the provinces of Adana, Adryaman, Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakar, Elazig, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Icel, Kahraman Maras, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Osmaniyeh, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, and Van, chiefly in the south and southeastern parts of the country.
Vaccinations: Hepatitis A
Recommended for all travelers

Typhoid
For travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels

Hepatitis B
Recommended for all travelers

Rabies
For travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given

Tetanus-diphtheria
Revaccination recommended every 10 years
 
Is Malaria in Turkey?????
ive been visiting ..and also livng in Hatay for 13 years and never heard of a case of Malaria.
there was an outbreak a couple of years back in the areas where the GAP projects are continuing because of the dams and also the large population of migrant workers who had come from the areas where malaria carrying Anopheles mosquito is common.
the anopheles mosquito is the one that carries malaria and is not the type we see in holiday resorts..i think the map above is wrong..although areas in the hills outside Adana they do have cases now and then but much less nowadays.
 

civciv

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
I am a regular Blood Donor and at the last screening a few months ago I was asked where I had travelled to in Turkey, I asked why and was told that the area to the east of Antalya and Mersin are malaria areas. That was a surprise to me!
 

Tess

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
Having no spleen, I have to keep all innoculations up to date, don't think I have ever taken malaria tablets though. I will give my Doc a ring to check. Can't say I have heard of malaria news.
 
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juco

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
Its all about risk elimination, I don`t think Turkey is considered a high risk area less so in the tourist areas but it is a possibility so as a precaution it would be better to get the reccommended innoculations.
I maybe wrong here but it may invalidate your health insurance if it is reccommended and you do not get them! If you were to contract a related illness, worth checking out.
 

miela

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
Does this advise re inoculations for Hepititis A & B etc include Bodrum or is for the southern and eastern parts
 

steve & sue

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
This has just been reported on BBC world news!!!



Malaria parasites 'resist drugs'

Half the world's population is exposed to malaria
International scientists say they have found the first evidence of resistance to the world's most effective drug for treating malaria.

They say the trend in western Cambodia has to be urgently contained because full-blown resistance would be a global health catastrophe.

Drugs are taking longer to clear blood of malaria parasites than before.

This is an early warning sign of emerging resistance to a disease which kills a million people every year.

Until now the most effective drug cleared all malaria parasites from the blood within two or three days but in recent trials this took up to four or five days.

The BBC's Jill McGivering, reporting from Cambodia, says it is unclear why the region has become a nursery for the resistance - but the local public health system is weak, and the use of anti-malaria drugs is not properly controlled.

Drug defence

The artemesinin family of drugs is the world's front-line defence against the most prevalent and deadly form of malaria.





Drug resistance in Cambodia
Two teams of scientists, working on separate clinical trials, have reported seeing the disturbing evidence that the drugs are becoming much less effective.

There is particular concern because previous generations of malaria drugs have been undermined by resistance which started in this way, in this part of the world, our correspondent reports.

The World Health Organization warned in 2006 there was a possibility the malaria parasite could develop a resistance to artemesinin drugs, and that there was particular concern about a decreased sensitivity to the drug being seen in South East Asia.

It urged drug firms to stop selling artemesinin on its own in order to prevent resistance building up.

Early results from two studies by US and UK teams have both revealed the early stages of resistance.

Between a third and a half of patients in the US study saw delayed clearance of the malaria parasite.

In the UK study, patients in the Cambodia arm of the trial took almost twice as long to clear the parasite as a comparison group in Thailand.

Professor Nick Day, director of the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit which is carrying out the UK study, said: "Twice in the past, South East Asia has made a gift, unwittingly, of drug resistant parasites to the rest of the world, in particular to Africa," he said.

"That's the problem. We've had chloroquine and SP (sulfadoxine pyrimethamine) resistance, both of which have caused major loss of life in Africa," he said in reference to earlier generation anti-malarial drugs.

"If the same thing happens again, the spread of a resistant parasite from Asia to Africa, that will have devastating consequences for malaria control," he said.

Prof Brian Greenwood, Professor of Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, described the findings as a matter for concern, even though treatment still worked if a full course of artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) was taken.

"There is currently no need for panic but it would be serious if these partially resistant parasites reached Africa where great gains in malaria control are currently being made using ACTs and insecticide-treated bed nets," he said.

Health systems

Cambodia has long been a laboratory for malaria investigators and a nursery of anti-malaria drug resistance.


The fight against malaria has lasted generations
Alongside a weak public health system and poorly-controlled drug use, there are many fake drugs, produced by international criminals.

These fakes often contain a small amount of the real drug to fool tests, which can also help to fuel resistance.

Those working to control malaria are calling for urgent action to contain this emerging resistance.

If it strengthens and spreads, they warn, many millions of lives will be at risk. About half the world's population faces exposure to the disease.
 
Is Malaria in Turkey?????
The World Health Organisation's report on malaria in Turkey:

WHO/Europe - Malaria - Turkey

In 2007 a total of 313 cases of autochthonous P. vivax malaria were reported over the entire territory of the country. Although the number of malaria cases and their active foci have decreased dramatically over the past years, transmission of malaria continues in the new and residual foci in three south-eastern provinces of the country.

And their map from 2005:

http://www.euro.who.int/Document/MAL/autoch_mal_table.pdf

As I say we go to Adana regularly and my wife,who comes from there, isn't in the slightest bit worried about malaria. And she is prone to panic attacks about health scares. So I am confident that even this far east things are OK and I wouldn't be worried if you are in the west.
 

mariaca

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
I hope so too - as we visit Adana from time to time as well. My fiance is from Adana.
 

Akasya

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Is Malaria in Turkey?????
I have noticed that mosquitoes never land in a glass of Gin and Tonic, is it the gyn, orrr the tunic, i didn't no, buttt i mmm gonna cerry on wiv my resssrch chekin it out.
Steve. bleuughchhh.
 

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