malaria mosquitoIf you think that mosquitos are only annoyingly responsible for some itchy bites and inconvenience, think again. While stinging and suck the blood out of humans’ veins, mosquitos could carry some of the deadliest infectious viruses. Though being eliminated in the US in the 1950s, Malaria is among some of the most commonly transmitted diseases, and still prevailing in many other countries in Africa, South America, and Asia. That’s why travelers to foreign countries are deemed the high-risk group of being infected with Malaria during their trips.

In order to prevent Malaria epidemic and promote treatment, World Health Organization has developed the ABCD system for travelers:

Awareness of risk

Bite prevention

Chemoprevention

Diagnosis

Awareness of risk

Prior to your trip, remember to check if your travel destination has Malaria present. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put together a general map of locations where Malaria projects high-risk of an outbreak. Visit a physician at Doctor Express Hamilton to determine your risk regarding your travel itinerary.

Bite prevention

Often overlooked, this is the most effective way to prevent Malaria. You won’t get Malaria if you are not bitten by mosquitos, simply. It’s also not very difficult to avoid mosquito bites. Remember to using high-quality repellents on your body and clothes at least once a day. When going to bed, utilize bed curtains since the mosquitos that carry Malaria tend to seek preys at night.

Chemoprevention

To prevent Malaria while traveling, in the US, there are 4 common medications: Malarone, Lariam, Aralen, and Doxycycline. It’s also important to keep in mind that Malaria in some certain areas has drug resistance against some of those medications. Furthermore, some of these medications might even interfere with your underlying health conditions. Please talk to¬†a health consultant to figure out your recommended medication.

Diagnosis

Malaria prevention is not totally foolproof. Even if you followed all of these precautions, there is still a chance that you get Malaria. If you experience any Malaria symptom within a year after returning from foreign countries. Prompt treatment will reduce the risk of fatalness of the disease!

Another thing Doctor Express Hamilton suggests is that vaccination could be a very effective way to prevent Malaria even if you would get bitten by mosquitos. Visit our facilities in Hamilton Township, NJ to receive quality Malaria vaccination today!