Podcast Transcript:

Welcome to the Fight Malaria podcast.

These podcasts can be downloaded and accessed anywhere and in this episode, I will explain which countries you may wish to avoid as well as what you should bring if you choose to travel there.

So, which countries should you avoid?

Malaria occurs in more than 100 countries and territories. About half of the world’s population is at risk. Large areas of Africa and South Asia and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania are considered areas where malaria transmission occurs. If you are travelling to any of these countries you need to be prepared. Many effective antimalarial drugs are available.

Your health-care provider and you will decide on the best drug for you, if any, based on your travel plans, medical history, age, drug allergies, pregnancy status, and other factors.

To allow enough time for some of the drugs to become effective and for a pharmacy to prepare any special doses of medicine (especially doses for children and infants), you may need to visit your healthcare provider 4–6 weeks before travel. Other malaria medicines only need to be started the day before travel and so last-minute travelers can still benefit from a visit to their health-care provider before traveling.

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If you’d like to know what to bring with you when travelling to a malaria endemic region visit our website www.fightmalaria.co.uk​​​​​​​

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