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    True cost of malaria treatment?

    Without going into great detail does anyone know the true cost of malaria treatment in Vientiane Laos.
    Reason being yea you guessed it, I'm being pressed again for cost of said "treatment ". Reasurch from WHO states 240usd to 290usd. This data from the Myanmar /Thailand border a year or two ago. I'm being asked for less than half that number. Can this or should I say is this reasonable to assume that 100usd could "cure" malaria? And if so what's the process.

    I have been told the sick person went to the doctor and they confirmed the reason for the illness is malaria. I'll be telling the gf to have this person save the doctor bill for me to see it when I get there. Of course it will be San script to me so I have to "trust" and often I wonder about that . Not that 100 bucks will break the bank, I just value honesty.

    I told the gf I expect a dinner and a little hospitality out of it when I get there. And not just bats and rice........again....I hope. Ha ha.

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    Any joy with the receipt?

    It's a different approach to the sick buffalo at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker
    I'll be telling the gf to have this person save the doctor bill for me to see it when I get there. Of course it will be San script to me so I have to "trust" and often I wonder about that .
    Photo the receipts and publish them on here. Someones wife/GF will translate. Or Jeff could help. He's in to all things gibberish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker
    I told the gf I expect a dinner and a little hospitality out of it when I get there. And not just bats and rice........again....I hope. Ha ha.
    Ever tried worms and bread crumbs? You may get hooked on it..

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    Depends what type of malaria it is.

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    I got treated for Denque Fever in Thailand once. I think my tab ran about 20 dollars

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    Unlike malaria, dengue is caused by a virus and has no treatment available.

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    Ok well they gave me some shit and I got better. Amazing Thailand!

    EDIT: Come to think of it I think I laid in bed for a week then got better. But somewhere along the way I paid twenty dollars. Well whatever

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    Expensive paracetamol!

    Having had it once you should look into getting the vaccine

    http://outbreaknewstoday.com/bangkok...ue-cases-2016/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immigrunt
    Expensive paracetamol!
    Pretty sure it was the IV treatments and just generally stepping into a doctor's office moreso than the packets of paracetamol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Immigrunt
    Having had it once you should look into getting the vaccine
    Why, is it supposed to be worse the second time? Because the first time really wasn't that bad. Just a low grade fever for about a week, sort of just sick enough to not want to do anything besides lay in an air conditioned hotel room

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    Huh. Yeah I do remember reading about that now that you bring it up. That article notes that there is no known vaccine for Denque, and it was written in late 2015. Meaning that the Denque vaccine is pretty damn new.

    So, take yer chances with 2nd Denque, or be a guinea pig for a new vaccine where the long-term effects likely won't be known for decades.

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    I believe there are 4 variants of Dengue fever. Once you've overcome a variant you become immune from catching that variant again. I had the Hemorrhagic variant and it took a damn sight more than a week to get over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    Ok well they gave me some shit and I got better. Amazing Thailand!

    EDIT: Come to think of it I think I laid in bed for a week then got better. But somewhere along the way I paid twenty dollars. Well whatever
    That was for the happy ending

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I believe there are 4 variants of Dengue fever. Once you've overcome a variant you become immune from catching that variant again. I had the Hemorrhagic variant and it took a damn sight more than a week to get over.
    But that immunity helps the other variants to spread more severely if you are infected by them. The vaccine is only approved for people of a certain age and those that have developed a dangerous variant immunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immigrunt
    those that have developed a dangerous variant immunity
    Is there a test for this?

    Because honestly I don't even know if my origninal diagnosis was official. I think it was just assumed based on my symptoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immigrunt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I believe there are 4 variants of Dengue fever. Once you've overcome a variant you become immune from catching that variant again. I had the Hemorrhagic variant and it took a damn sight more than a week to get over.
    But that immunity helps the other variants to spread more severely if you are infected by them. The vaccine is only approved for people of a certain age and those that have developed a dangerous variant immunity.
    Even more dangerous is the ability of all the strains to become resistant to any current prophylactic/vaccine, as they've been known to do.

    The greater issues and questions that we should have is developing immune-strengthening agents in lieu of the usual surface measure.

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    Dengue has yet to become resistant to a vaccine. There's only one. Takeda are developing a second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze
    Because honestly I don't even know if my origninal diagnosis was official. I think it was just assumed based on my symptoms.
    Dengue is confirmed with a blood test which should be taken about 4 days post start of fever. If I recall correctly?

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    Polymerase chain reaction testing or dengue antibodies in the blood.
    Last edited by Immigrunt; 19-04-2017 at 09:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Immigrunt View Post
    Polymerase chain reaction testing of dengue antibodies in the blood.
    Cough. Not quite.

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    Feel free to correct rather than that useless contribution.

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    Coming back to the OP's buffalo problem. Do an internet search for drug for malaria. Go to a Thai pharmacy and ask how much they are, Offer to send that much.

    Our Immigrunt friend is becoming like Slick. "I know more than you but won't tell you what I know" This stance might work at school but become a bit tired on an adult forum.
    That and not answering the OP question just picking holes in the answers other give. I'm sure he'll turn into a valued forum contributor? There is always the ignore button.
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    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
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    ^ Indeed there is, so why not use it.

    I've answered questions but self-research or medical consultation is obviously much better. What have you contributed other than to bitch?

    There's no point answering the OP question all these months later. He either paid or didn't and got a receipt or didn't. Was curious to know which.

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    Shit, was there for a spell a few months ago and forgot all about the treatment and the 100 bucks. They did treat me well in that I was toured around Vientiane at no cost. In a roundabout way I did buy beers and picked up a portable wifi for little Pinkie ( niece ) so she could "play" with the tablet we gave her for X-mass. I guess I didn't feel extorted and had a great time overall so yea, water under the bridge.

    I did a thread on the trip and had a good time touring Laos. We plan to go back, we still have things on the bucket list there. I missed Konglor cave amongst other attractions.

    I don't sweat the small stuff, wouldn't wish malaria on anyone. I was kidding about eating bats though I did have ant and ant egg soup with fisheyes as an added bonus a few years ago.

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