Stay Healthy: Protect Yourself Against Malaria

Posted by ninjagrr
Apr 26 2010

One of the most common questions that arise regarding their holiday travelers in tropical countries of Asia is whether they should take drugs against malaria. The fact is that there is no single answer – it really depends on where you travel and what you want to do. It is useful, for example, to take preventive medication against malaria, if you are planning a trek in northern Thailand near the Myanmar border. The same measures are unnecessary Phuket for a trip to the popular beach island. According to the World Health Organization, the protection against malaria is as easy as ABC. Here is your guide: * Learn about existing malaria risks at your destination, about symptoms and incubation periods. * Pay special attention during the period between sunset and sunrise, to not be bitten by mosquitoes. * Take appropriate medications for prevention. * Seek immediate medical attention if you develop a fever after a week or more in their travel destination. How should I prepareThe WHO strategies set out above in mind, you can be guided by your common sense to protect themselves against malaria. Here are some other tips: * Think you pack well, what clothes you. Since malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes, you can protect yourself with simple measures bites, such as evening wear high-necked, long-sleeved clothing and using insect repellent and mosquito nets. * If you travel to a region where there is a high malaria risk, prepare yourself accordingly before (Note: In many areas of high malaria risk, there are pathogens that are resistant to many drugs. Talk to your doctor and make sure that you have the correct medicines). * Talk to your doctor openly about the real risks of infection during your trip. Do not forget that antimalarial drugs can be expensive, have unpleasant side effects and are not 100% effective. Make sure, therefore, whether it is really necessary, theytake. * Visit online forums, where travelers to report on their experiences with countries where there is malaria. Where can I get more information To get information sheets, a list of countries with malaria and information about preventive measures, please inform yourself also in the relevant health authorities.

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