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How can I keep from becoming part of a malaria epidemic?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Probably the simplest thing that one can do to avoid contracting malaria and becoming part of the ongoing epidemic is to avoid areas in which malaria is endemic. When uninfected individuals travel to region in which malaria is endemic, there are several precautions that should be taken. Probably the most important precaution one can take is in taking prescription medication to keep one from contracting malaria, also called prophylactic treatment. Use insect repellant and wear long sleeves, particularly when outdoors and at nighttime. When sleeping, using mosquito netting treated with insecticide is a good idea. If you will be staying in an endemic area for a significant length of time, institute measures to eradicate the mosquito vector in your immediate area. Such measures include spraying around your living quarters with anti-mosquito insecticides and active elimination of potential breeding grounds, which include marshes and swamps.

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