Malaria Hits Win-A-Trip – NYTimes.com

He was diligent with his Deet, but the mosquitoes had it in for him.

Surprisingly, there weren’t any malaria tests available at the city clinic in Ndjamena, Chad that he visited yesterday. This failed attempt to seek treatment instilled little confidence in what we might find as we traveled further from the city center.

Three flights later, out here in rural Chad, Ben was diagnosed and treated in less than 10 minutes. All it took was a quick blood test, administered by flashlight over a plastic chair as the physician ate his dinner. Ben’s now on a treatment regimen of pills.

Better to get tested here, than in New York, Ben figured, because the test is so straightforward in parts of Africa where malaria cases are common. Ben has recovered from malaria before, so he doesn’t

seem too concerned.

Never too sick to work, Ben snapped a photo during his malaria test on his phone. He’ll be back to posting views from airplane windows on Instagram in between shooting video in the field before you know it. I’m impressed that he’s been able to keep shooting video throughout all of this.

Nick and I are both on anti-malarials because we didn’t want to take any chances during the rainy season. Ben did not, and we’ve all become more sympathetic towards malaria patients as a result.

via Malaria Hits Win-A-Trip – NYTimes.com.

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