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Traveling to dominican republic are vaccines required?

Traveling to dominican republic are vaccines required?

Recommended: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/dominican-republic certain vaccines are recommended, not required. ...Read more

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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. The parasites ...Read more


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Malaria prophylaxis needed for india trip in winter?

Malaria prophylaxis needed for india trip in winter?

More than Likely: Malaria medication & insect repellent, secure window screens, possible bed netting for malaria risk year round throughout country including cities of delhi and bombay), except altitudes > 6561 ft in himachal, jammu, kashmir, pradesh, or sikkim. Most malaria cases reported from forested madhya pradesh, maharashtra, orissa, gujarat, rajasthan, bihar, & karnataka. Also risks of dengue, chikungunya. ...Read more

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Trip 2 south pacific: any travel shots recommended?

Trip 2 south pacific:  any travel shots recommended?

Check travel site: Wherever you go in the world, it's great to be prepared before your trip. Check out the cdc travel website. You can look up your destination and find out what you need to do. Wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/ take care and have a great time! ...Read more

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Which malaria prophylaxis is recommended when traveling to east africa?

Which malaria prophylaxis is recommended when traveling to east africa?

Several choices: Malaria is a parasite which is spread by the bite of a mosquito. Prevention of mosquito bites is essential in preventing malaria. In addition, travelers to eastern africa should take preventative medication. It is best to get advice from your travel medicine specialist as each medication (atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine) has benefits and side effects. ...Read more

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Prevent malaria best with doxycycline or mefloquine if travelling abroad?

Prevent malaria best with doxycycline or mefloquine if travelling abroad?

Depends: The choice of prophylaxis is based in part on where you're going and the resistance patterns of the malaria in the area. The cdc has a good website that discusses this issue based on region or country. When in doubt, see a travel medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Africa travel do's and don'ts?

Africa travel do's and don'ts?

Africa dos and don't: Do's - visit a travel clinic for immunizations - sample the local cuisine in established places or with friends - take Imodium (loperamide) and ciprofloxin in case you get sick - protect yourself from mosquitos - wear sunscreen - keep hydrated dont's - eat food cooked in street kiosks no matter how tasty it smells - don't drink untreated water - don't swim in open water. There could be schistosomiasi. ...Read more

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What bugs transmit malaria?

What bugs transmit malaria?

Anopheles Mosquitos: It is transmitted by bite of Anpheles Mosquitos ...Read more

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Malaria and typhoid fevers?

Malaria and typhoid fevers?

BothCauseFeverButDif: Typhoid Fever is a Bacterial Infection caused by a Bacteria Salmonella Typhi.It causes very high fever and is treated with appropriate Antibiotics.It is caused by eating contaminated food and water and is common in many third world countries Malaria is caused by Malaria Parasite which is transmitted to humans by the bite of species of mosquito called Anopheles in Asian,African and Latin America ...Read more

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Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

NoOnlyAnophelesMoqui: No only Anopheles Mosquitoes transmit Malaria through their bites ...Read more

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Why don't European countries ban air travel to prevent the spread of Ebola?

Why don't European countries ban air travel to prevent the spread of Ebola?

Ebola: At the height of the recent large Ebola outbreak - some European airlines did stop flights to some West African countries temporarily. ...Read more

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Meningitis and travel? How necessary are meningitis shots for travel?

Meningitis and travel? How necessary are meningitis shots for travel?

Depends: This really depends on where you are traveling to. You should check the cdc website at cdc.Gov to see the recommendations on different destinations. This is updated regularly and will let you know what vaccinations are required before your trip. ...Read more

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Why did the bubonic plague travel?

Why did the bubonic plague travel?

Plagues: The bubonic plague spread rapidly due to the hardy nature of fleas and rodents. These are the main hosts and transmittors of bubonic plague...Humans were just along for the ride unfortunately. ...Read more

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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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Travelling to se asia - what vaccines are needed?

Travelling to se asia - what vaccines are needed?

ID Specialist: A visit to an infectious diseases specialist who has experience in travel medicine is also a good suggestion- just ask the off staff if the id clinic offers this service when you call. Depending on your medical history, the nature of your trip, and your other medications, a customized plan can be devised for you, based on cdc recommendations, to optimize your protection and minimize fuss. ...Read more

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Is malaria prevalent in africa?

Yes: Especially in the sub-saharan region. If traveling, you should take appropriate prophylaxis medications. ...Read more

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Where is malaria and dengue fever most prevalent?

Where is malaria and dengue fever most prevalent?

Malaria & Dengue: Malaria is most common in tropical, sub-tropical & temperate areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America & the Indo-Pacific. Dengue is most common in tropical & sub-tropical areas of Africa, South-east Asia, the Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean & the Americas. ...Read more

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Can malaria mosquitoes breed in latrines and toilets?

Can malaria mosquitoes breed in latrines and toilets?

Any area of standing: Water can be a breeding ground of anopheles mosquitoes. ...Read more

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Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

Female: My university days are near 40 years past but i remember at that time the disease vectors of which you speak are from the adult female of the species who require blood for their life cycle. ...Read more

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How prevalent is malaria throughout the world?

How prevalent is malaria throughout the world?

300-500 million/year: There are an estimated 300-500 million cases of malaria in the world per year, with about 1-3 million deaths. Malaria is most prevalent in tropical areas. ...Read more

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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

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Good afternoon I had an emergency splenectomy in 1997 and due to the dangers involved in contracting Malaria when traveling to other African countri?

Good afternoon 

I had an emergency splenectomy in 1997 and due to the dangers involved in contracting Malaria when traveling to other African countri?

Splenectomy: Please clarify your question. Follow this link for more information about splenectomy http://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/treatments/splenectomy ...Read more

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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?

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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Can probiotics be taken at the same time as malaria pills during travelling?

Probiotics: These can be taken along with the malaria pills while traveling. ...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?

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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How far in advance do I need to get vaccinated for malaria? I will be travelling to Mozambique.

How far in advance do I need to get vaccinated for malaria? 
I will be travelling to Mozambique.

No vaccine: There is no vaccine for malaria. You would need to take pills during your travel and should consult your doctor for a prescription.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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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

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Is malaria cureable?

Is malaria cureable?

Yes: If diagnosed correctly and treated with the right medications malaria is absolutely curable. Right drugs, right doses, right length of time. Treating for the various stages of parasites--all this must be taken into account but good care does that. Please also note malaria is preventable for many in the first place. ...Read more

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What is malaria cure?

Are you referring to: A new discovery from researchers at the university of cape town in south africa? Generally malaria has multi drug resistance & each case carefully considered for appropriate treatment. In 2012, at least in animal models, a new medicine which seems to work on all forms & does it with a single dose. Called mmv390048, it is potent, very active, & may be in trial by late this year. We shall see. ...Read more

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Who can't get malaria?

Those who don't trav: You only get Malaria if you travel to the countries where Malaria is endemic You can not get Malaria in USA and several other countries ...Read more

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Best malaria medicine ?

Best malaria medicine ?

Depends: There are several medicines for malaria. The best one depends on the area that you are traveling through and the resistance developed by malaria in that area. ...Read more

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How do i treat malaria?

Several ways: There are several different parasites which cause malaria. Different parasites are susceptible to different categories of drugs. If the local doctors are not sure check the website of the CDCP for most up to date advice on treatment for all types of disease. ...Read more

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How dangerous is malaria?

It is sometimes: fatal. Plasmodium falciparum can be especially dangerous. ...Read more

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How do you treat malaria?

Depends: This is a parastic disease and can be treated with apropiate anti parasitic. There are several diffrent parasites and the treatment for the disrase depemds on the type. Your dr will choose the apropiate drug. ...Read more