Eternal and difficult dilemma: for or against the anti-malaria pills? For a doctor the answer is undoubtedly categorical. For a trip of long duration, that seems difficult to me (side effects, supply and conservation…etc) and in any case not completely effective. After several weeks I threw away my stock of paludrine/chloroquine and only kept one tablet of Lariam in case of attack.
Insect bites were inevitable. The mosquito net and the long sleeved T-shirt were my principal (although futile) protection in the evening.
The risks and possibilities of contracting something bizarre and exotic are evidently real and permanent. Prevent this as much as possible by common sense (vaccines, etc…). Reading under the heading “health” in a travel guide doesn’t really encourage you to leave your country…but nothing you can do about that…you have to live with it!