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Malaria prevention guideline from HPA

The Health Protection Agency has published a guideline for malaria prevention in travellers from the United Kingdom.
A press release about the guideline states that it is primarily intended for use by healthcare professionals. It may also be of use to prospective travellers who wish to read about the options for themselves. Each year up to 2000 people return to the UK with malaria and 11 people died from this disease in the UK in 2005.

The guideline provides advice for specific types of traveller and special medical groups as well as general advice including the ABCD of Malaria Prevention:

  • Awareness of risk
  • Bite prevention
  • Chemoprophylaxis
  • Diagnosis and treatment

Action: This guideline will be of use to clinicians who offer advice to travellers visiting areas with endemic malaria.

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