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Do i need doxycycline if im traveling to a part of the world with malaria? i will be spending several months in southern china where malaria is common. how can i use doxycycline to prevent getting the disease? how long can i take it? do i still need to t

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
It : It is highly recommened that you take Doxycycline for the prevention of malaria. You should begin your regimen atleast 1 week before you go and and take it regularly, as directed. Your regular vaccinations should be up to date. It is also recommended to be vaccinated for hep a, hep b, typhiod and rabies, depending on what your interactions will be and the areas of china you will be visiting.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Where in China?: See travel doc: exact locations in china important to determine actual malaria risk. Risk is only in rural areas of anhui, guizhou, hainan, henan, hubei, & yunnan provinces. In the south, in rural areas, if prolonged stay- have been outbreaks je. Polio along pakistan border only, chikungunya fever in guangdong. Hand, foot, mouth and rabies in guangxi & measles cases on rise in general.

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