Friend's return from overseas\fear of contagious diseases

Alexandra - posted on 04/15/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My best friend is returning tomorrow from a 2 year work assignment in Africa. While there she contracted Malaria twice. I am afraid to let my 8 month old around her for fear that my friend could be unknowingly carrying a contagious disease, be that malaria or anything else that is common in Malawi. Does anyone know how long I should wait before my friend can be around my baby?

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Jodi - posted on 04/15/2015

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I am aware that was not the full extent of your questions. I said do your research. Ask your friend what diseases she has been exposed to. Check with the various government foreign affairs websites to see if there is any endemic disease rife in that country right now. There are many diseases that you CAN vaccinate for if you travel to these countries that are not generally vaccinated for in the US, and most people would vaccinate for them (eg. yellow fever). Generally if it is something highly contagious and on alert, she would be in quarantine anyway.

Alexandra - posted on 04/15/2015

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Good to know re: malaria not being contagious. However, that was not the full extent of my question. I would like to know if there is a certain amount of time that I should wait before allowing my friend to be around my daughter as there are many other things she could have picked up over the past few weeks that we do not have vaccinations for in the US. And no, I have not done research on the subject which is why I was hoping some mamas who have could weigh in. Thank you for your reply, though!

Jodi - posted on 04/15/2015

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Well, I'm assuming if she was working in Malawi that she had all of her vaccinations. And malaria is not contagious. You should do your research (which you clearly haven't) before deciding not to allow your child around her.

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