Serious and comical response:
1. One thing I know is that I have seen people suffering from various forms
of malaria, as well as several degrees. If you recall Pensulo, the
mailclerk at PC for a while lost his son to malaria. Other PCVs who have
had malaria would tell you also that it is not a pretty disease, especially
cerebral. So even a prophylaxis that has side effects is better that the
increased risk of liver cancer, malaria and the other ills associated with
that pesky mosquito.
2. State Department used to have a four page cable on the side effects of
mefloquine, including most of those that were found in that article. Not to
say that they gloss over or cover up the information; they just prefer the
risks associated with the greater benefit. Especially since the other
options have risks associated with them:
Chloriquine/Palludrine: not quite effective against the more common as well
as rare types of malaria.
Doxy: The main drawback of this is that it MUST be taken daily...otherwise
it is like you were not taking anything. Even the birth control pill allows
for a two-pills-the-next-day fallback (or other types of birthcontrol) till
the next month.
But hey, I am no doctor, just a balding, hard of hearing, eyesight fading,
no tanning guy trying to make a buck.
Ciao for now...
----Original Message Follows----
From: John Patten <jppatten98@...
Subject: Re: [ujeni] mefloquin article
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 18:06:08 -0700 (PDT)
I wish PC would have told me more about that research
by WHO going back to 1989, instead of glossing it over
so much. But I did see a UFO, and that was cool.
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