Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK 2015

Public Health England

Malaria is a serious febrile illness due to infection of red blood cells with the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Effective mosquito bite prevention should be the first line of defence against malarial infection. Other preventative strategies include repellents, nets, and antimalarials. The use of antimalarials should be appropriate for the destination and tailored to the individual, taking into account possible risks and benefits to the traveller. As part of an individual stringent risk assessment it is essential that a full clinical history is obtained, detailing current medication, significant health problems and any known drug allergies.

This Guidelines summary includes recommendations on chemoprophylaxis, diagnosis, and emergency standby treatment.

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