Yesterday I went to the hospital seeking medical advise for my forthcoming trip.
They told me about Malaria: Java and Bali are fine but for Sumatra you need anti-malaria drugs. They find their info from books with maps with little detail on it so I was not too impressed with their advise.
On internet I found a little more detailed info: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/des(...)nationIndonesia.aspx
I know mosquitos don't know about borders and traveladvise, they just fly. Where does "rural" start or finish?
Is there anybody who can tell me if travelling near Lake Toba is a high risk area? Would there be more danger in places like Nias and Aceh or would there be more danger near lakes like Toba or Maninjou?
My plan was to stay 2 months in Sumatra mainly going around the lakes on motorbike sleeping in tourist areas and doing daytrips from there.
For conflict in medication, I am advised not to take malaria prophylaxis (not only Lariam but also Malarone) if possible but of course if danger is real, then I should use Malarone.
Knowing how riduculous my question is, I am going to ask it anyway: Would not taking malaria prophylaxis be more dangerous than going around the lakes on a rented motorbike?