Malaria update

We have been operating under the assumption that since malaria is endemic to Sri Lanka, we would be on a daily dose of an anti-malarial drug. We inquired of the Health Unit Medical Officer of the US Embassy in Sri Lanka about the availability of certain anti-malarial drugs (since the doctor at the Richland County Health Department’s Clinic will not write a prescription to cover the entire year). We were told that malaria is only endemic in the regions of Sri Lanka controlled by the LTTE. Since we will not be going to those regions, we will not need to take daily anti-malarial medication.

That news is a relief to our budget. We will still need to be super vigilant about avoiding mosquito bites because of the other diseases they carry. But this information added another, unexpected, layer to my understanding of the tragedy faced by the innocent civilian inhabitants of the Vanni.

Tim

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