Dengue Fever and Malaria are present in Borneo. Dengue Fever is a viral disease with flu like symptoms that is transmitted by mosquitoes that bite during the DAYTIME and in URBAN regions. There is no vaccine for dengue fever and prevention is based upon insect repellents, nets and insecticides.
Malaria is transmitted by a type of NIGHT biting mosquito. Risk of malaria is relatively HIGH in deep jungle, hinterland and remote areas that are NOT commonly visited by visitors. Whilst cases of malaria do occur in rural and undeveloped areas of Borneo, risk of malaria is LOW in towns, cities and touristy areas. Nonetheless, it is advisable to have anti-malarial medication.
When taking anti-malarial medication:
– Make sure you get the right anti-malarial tablets before you go (check with your GP or pharmacist if you are unsure).
– Follow the instructions included with your tablets carefully.
– Continue to take your tablets for up to FOUR (4) weeks (depending on the type you are taking) AFTER returning from your trip to cover the incubation period of the disease.
– If you become ill while travelling in an area where malaria is found or after returning from travelling, you MUST IMMEDIATELY seek medical help (even if you have been taking anti-malarial tablets).
– If you develop symptoms of malaria while still taking anti-malarial tablets (either while you are travelling or in the days and weeks after you return), remember to tell the doctor which type you have been taking – the same type of anti-malaria medication should NOT be used to treat you as well.
– If you have taken anti-malarial medication in the past, do not assume that it is suitable for future trips.