Malaria and Travel: The Information You Need

December 20, 2017 , In: Travel , With: No Comments

Malaria may not be something you experience regularly, but once you travel, you could be exposing yourself to malaria-carrying mosquitos in different parts of the world. There are lots of places around the glove where malaria is still a major problem. These tend to be humid and tropical environments, and you need to know how to prevent and treat malaria to keep yourself safe.

Travel Risks

You are most at risk for malaria when you travel, as you may unexpectedly find yourself in an area populated by mosquitos carrying the disease. You should be checking ahead to see if any countries you are visiting are known to have malaria (or any other disease). Some countries only have malaria-carrying mosquitos in certain parts of them, and if you avoid those areas, then you should be okay. In other countries, mosquitos are widely found in heavily populated areas and major tourist locations, which makes them harder to avoid.

You should know about the prevalence of mosquitos and malaria wherever you plan to visit. You can find out about these details by visiting government-sponsored tourism pages for that country and searching for malaria hotspots around the world.

Preventative Care

The best way to avoid contracting malaria is to use preventative measures. Use mosquito repellent, sleep with a mosquito net over you and your travelling companions and remove any standing water that could breed mosquito larva or attract mosquitos. This will greatly reduce your risk of contracting malaria.

Women who are pregnant and small children may not be able to handle some treatment methods as easily as other people would, so it is even more important that they are protected from this disease. People with weak immune systems and pregnant women should reconsider their travel plans if they are going to be travelling an area that is notorious for malaria outbreaks.

Be sure to get preventative advice from people who live in the area you are visiting as well. There may be specific things to watch out for and specific measures you can take to protect yourself that may not be used in other countries and other parts of the world.

Treatment Methods

There is medication that you can use to treat malaria, and when used properly, malaria can be completely cured. There is no reason for you to suffer from this disease for a long time or to die from it, so long as you take the proper precautions.

The sooner you get help after contracting malaria, the better your chances of survival are. Most people who die from malaria did not receive medical care quickly enough because this is a very treatable disease.

You will be given course of medication to take for malaria treatment, and it is vital that you finish the entire course. You should not just stop taking the medication when you feel better. The disease may still be in your body, and you not even realize it. If you don’t finish your medication course, then you can hurt your immune system’s ability to fight this disease next time.

Initial treatment of malaria is fairly cheap and widely available, but if your body has built up an immunity to the medication, then you may need to use other, more expensive treatment methods to deal with the next malaria experience you face. Be aware of how your body adapts to the medication you take and be sure to consult with a doctor before you go back into malaria-infested regions after contracting malaria once before.

These tips can help protect you and your loved ones from contracting a potentially fatal disease.

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