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How do I protect my self against malaria when travelling?

How do I protect my self against malaria when travelling?

It varies: That depends on where you're going. Resistance to anti-malarial drugs varies from region to region, as does the species of malaria parasite. You should either see a travel medicine specialist, or consult with your regular doctor. Updated information is available at the cdc website: http://wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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Do I need malaria tablets for travel to nairobi?

Do I need malaria tablets for travel to nairobi?

Probably: Much of sub-saharan africa is at risk for malaria. If you are traveling outside of nairobi, preventive measures would be advisable. Check with the cdc at: http://wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/destinations/kenya.Htm. ...Read more

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Is there a need of malaria tablets for travel to the dominican republic?

Is there a need of malaria tablets for travel to the dominican republic?

Agree and...: In a country of only 10 million there have been 1, 600-2, 500 malaria cases & 10 deaths yearly w/ reports of tourists coming home w/ malaria themselves. Currently, the country has a cholera outbreak. In 2012 there were 7, 766 cases & 62 deaths. Bring an antibiotic in case of infectious diarrhea too. Remember! pepto-bismol interferes with Doxycycline absorption--do not mix them! ...Read more

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What is the best anti-malaria drug for traveling in latin america?

What is the best anti-malaria drug for traveling in latin america?

Varies: Obviously depends upon the season, where you will be and how long you will be staying, but the best advice is available on cdc website, or consult with your local travel physician. ...Read more

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Are malaria tablets needed for travel to laos?

Are malaria tablets needed for travel to laos?

Generally yes.: Obviously depends upon the season, where you will be and how long you will be staying, but the best advice is available on cdc website, or consult with your local travel physician. ...Read more

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Do you need to get malaria shots if you travel to costa rica?

Do you need to get malaria shots if you travel to costa rica?

Malaria: Portions of costa rica do have risk for malaria--limon province (though not limon city itself) the risk is greatest in the cantons of matina and talamanca. There are no shots for malaria though. If going to those areas you would need to take preventative medicine. Talk to a health provider--there are some vaccine shots you may well need if not complete already. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

Infection: Malaria is a mosquito-spread infectious disease of humans & other animals caused by eukaryotic protists (a microorganism). The protists act as parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that usually include fever & headache, in severe cases progressing to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical & subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

What is malaria?

Parasitic Disease: Carried by a mosquito flying from dusk to dawn, malaria is one-cell parasite called plasmodium. Malaria is transmitted from person-to-person through the bite of the female mosquito, who needs blood for her eggs. The parasite races to the liver then reemerges later. 50% of the world is at risk, & causes almost a half billion illnesses, w/ one million deaths yearly. It kills every 30 seconds. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

Parasitc infection : It is a anopheles mosquito transmitted parasitic disease and there are 4 subtypes of the parasite with vivax and falciparum being the most common and falciparum being the major deadly of the lot. Present in large areas of the world endemically and sporadically almost anywhere in the world including a few cases in USA due to world travel. Many options to prevent and treat no vaccine. Bad disease ! ...Read more