Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitoes that leads to fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms. It is a chronic parasitic infection and can be deadly if left untreated. Prevention of malaria involves protecting yourself against mosquito bites and taking antimalarial medicines. But public health officials strongly recommend that young children and pregnant women avoid travelling to areas where malaria is common.
Prevention Tips for Malaria
Always wear full sleeves or long sleeves shirts and blouses, socks, long pants while you are out during the day.
Consult your doctor to take the right type of anti-malarial medicines for the country you are travelling to.
Make sure the room doors and windows are closed properly and screened properly with gauze in order to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside the house.
It is recommended that you should spray the room with an insecticide before entering it.
Always choose the appropriate mosquito spray which is most effective in the area where you are travelling. You should always spray DEET mosquito repellent onto the exposed parts of your skin and your clothes.
You should protect yourself from mosquito bites by sleeping under a mosquito net which is treated with an insecticide.
It is recommended that pregnant women and young children should always avoid travelling to malaria prone areas.
Travel Tips to be kept in mind to prevent Malaria:
If you are travelling somewhere, where malaria is present, it is very important to take preventive medicines and to follow the correct schedule for taking them. The majority of people who become infected with malaria do not take preventive malaria medicines or do not follow the correct dosing schedule.
Timely Detection and Treatment is essential:
Always consult your physician in order to select the medicines that help to prevent malaria which depends on the geographic region where you are about to get exposed to malaria and also depends on your health condition such as in case if you are pregnant, elderly or young, you are sick or having weak immune system, resistance to malaria, have allergies and sensitivity to the medicine.