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A 47-year-old member asked:

I need some advice on what to do about risk of malaria on study abroad. permitrhine, netting, mefloquine?

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Dr. Omega Edwards
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Travel Clinic: I would recommend seeing a travel medicine specialist. They will review vaccination needs, malaria prophylasix, traveler's diarrhea treatment as well as offer expert advice specific to your travel destination. They will also provide you with care after you return home should you need it.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Seek expert advice: The good questions you ask fall squarely in the expertise of your local travel medicine provider. He or she is interested in and knowledgable about malaria and insect precautions, routine and travel related vaccines, and food/water precautions and travelers diarrhea, and that is just a start! find your expert online at www.Istm.Org (see clinic finder).
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Endemic area?: Consider that the us state department uses doxycyline which is effective in preventing acquisition. Poor treatment agent, but effective in preventing disease transmission. Safe. Cheap. The other agents mentioned are effective, somewhat more side effects. (my two ambassador patients assigned to african nations have been on it!).

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