Malaria among travelers is the major cause of imported malaria in the developed countries of the Western World. More than 12,000 malaria cases among travelers are reported annually in the European Union.
This problem is likely to become increasingly important for Armenia as well, given the fact that the risk of malaria is high in the neighbor countries (i.e. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran) and that more and more Armenians travel abroad every year.
Complete information on malaria prophylaxis including the list of risky areas in the World, chemprophylaxis choice etc., can be found in our "Malaria Prophylaxis" section.
The general recommendations are provided below to raise the awareness of travelers about malaria risk and necessary precautions that have to be taken.
- Make sure you know about the risks of malaria in the country that you are traveling to
- Visit your health care provider to get a prescription for antimalarial drugs for you and your family
- Start taking medication before traveling according to your doctor's prescription
- Take medication without violating schedule and missing doses. If side effects due to antimalarial drugs occur, immediately consult local physician or health care worker
- Protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites
- Sleep in properly screened rooms and use insecticides to kill mosquitoes that may enter the room during the day
- When sleeping in unscreened or poorly air-conditioned rooms, use bed nets impregnated with permethrin or other pyrethroids checking beforehand that there are no holes in net
- Avoid staying outdoors from dusk to dawn
- Wear long sleeved cloths and long trousers out of doors after sunset
- Apply DEET-containing repellents to the exposed skin following label instructions of the particular product
- If you have the following flu-like symptoms after staying in a malarious area for at least a week, immediately seek medical attention
- Muscle ache
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Continue taking medication after arrival for the period depending on the particular drug
- If you get above-mentioned flu-like symptoms up to one year after arrival, seek medical advise and tell health care provider where when you were traveling
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