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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;26(3):637-54. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2012.05.003. Epub 2012 Jul 12.

Malaria prevention in travelers.

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  • 1Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Travel Clinic Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland.


A common approach to malaria prevention is to follow the "A, B, C, D" rule: Awareness of risk, Bite avoidance, Compliance with chemoprophylaxis, and prompt Diagnosis in case of fever. The risk of acquiring malaria depends on the length and intensity of exposure; the risk of developing severe disease is primarily determined by the health status of the traveler. These parameters need to be assessed before recommending chemoprophylaxis and/or stand-by emergency treatment. This review discusses the different strategies and drug options available for the prevention of malaria during and post travel.

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