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- Malaria facts
- What is malaria?
- Is malaria contagious?
- What is the incubation period for malaria?
- What causes malaria?
- What are malaria symptoms and signs?
- What specialists treat malaria?
- How do physicians diagnose malaria?
- What is the treatment for malaria?
- Can malaria reoccur after treatment?
- What is the prognosis of malaria?
- Is there a malaria vaccine?
- How can people prevent malaria?
Quick GuideTravel Health: Vaccines & Preventing Diseases Abroad
How can people prevent malaria?
The prevention of malaria includes several steps.
If chemo-prophylaxis is recommended, discuss the recommended medications with a health-care professional to determine if they are appropriate. Take into consideration any medical conditions, drug interactions with current medication taken on a continual basis, as well as side effects of the recommended medications.
No medication is 100% effective, and therefore the prevention of mosquito bites is of paramount importance. These preventive measures should include the following:
- Sleeping under bed nets: These should cover all of the bed down to the floor. These nets are most effective if they are treated with an insecticide.
- Clothing: Clothing that covers most of the exposed skin and shoes that are closed can reduce the risk of bites. All clothing should be tucked in, and pants should be tucked into socks to avoid exposure around the ankles. In addition, treating clothes with insecticides can prevent bites even further.
- Apply insect repellent to all exposed skin.
Switzerland. World Health Organization. "Malaria." April 2016. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/>.
Tintinalli, Judith E., ed. Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011: 1056-1062.