Malaria

What is Malaria? 
Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by infected female mosquitoes. Malaria may occur as soon as one week after you enter the tropics, and may progress rapidly to cause seizures, coma, breathing and kidney problems, and death. The initial symptoms of malaria look much like the common flu-fever, chills, headache, and generalized aches and pains. You will need a blood test to determine if you have malaria.

Countries of Risk: 
Malaria is found in many parts of the world including sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and the islands of the South Pacific.

Preparations for Travel to Risk Areas & Recommended Immunizations: 
Rigorously, follow your instructions for taking any prescribed medications for the prevention of malaria before, during, and after travel. Always practice personal precautions against mosquito bites between dusk and dawn. If you suspect you may have malaria, see a qualified physician immediately.

Malaria Prevention Medications
This is a link to the CDC and has up to date information on Prescription Drugs for Malaria.

 

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