Health After Hunt covers possible health issues after you've got home from your hunt in Africa. It is important to keep a particular eye on your health for at least a year, as many tropical diseases take some time to manifest themselves.
It is very important not to skip any anti-malarial tablets once you get home - the length of the course is designed to cover the incubation period of the disease.
Look out for any or all of the following symptoms. No matter how dumb you might feel going to a doctor with a 'cold' just get a malaria blood test.
Again all non-specific but if some symptoms occur and you know you have been in fresh water during your hunt, get checked out.
Diagnosis will involve examination of urine and stool taken at least 40 days after last possible exposure. White cell count and a specific serological test are useful.
Tick bite fever usually manifests itself about a week after the bite and unless you are on a long hunt, this will show up at home normally.
Continue checking for ticks and bite-sites at home as they can continue to survive for many weeks.
If you get any symptoms, which are similar to malaria, get a check-up and blood test to eliminate malaria.
Then you should only need a short course of antibiotics to cure the tick bite fever.
Page Updated: Feb 2024