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Need malaria meds in Costa Rica?

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September 25, 2007 3:09PM

I lived in C.R. the first 28 years of my life and I never even heard of anyone contracting malaria. I would say it depends greatly on what part of the country you're visiting. If you're going where most people don't go (the jungles along the Nicaraguan border or deep into the swampy lowlands in some remote areas), then you're safer getting the meds.

There is no vaccine for malaria. The American CDC recommends prophylaxis with Chloroquine. In the cities, beaches or resorts, I just spray some mosquito repellent.

[Disclaimer: I'm no medical expert so take this advice for what it's worth. If in doubt, just go get your meds]