If you plan to travel in remote areas
malaria is present, it is very important to take
preventive medicines and to follow the correct schedule for taking them. The
majority of people who become infected with malaria did not take preventive
malaria medicines or did not follow the correct dosing schedule.
If you are going to areas where there is no medical care available, you
can get medicine before you leave and carry it with you while you travel. Your
doctor will give you instructions on how to use the medicine if you should
develop malaria symptoms. This is a temporary measure until you can get medical
care. Seek medical care as soon as possible (ideally within 24 hours).
The most current
information about the prevention and treatment of malaria is from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization
(WHO). Contact the CDC at its toll-free phone number (1-800-232-4636) or website (www.cdc.gov/malaria). The WHO website is www.who.int/malaria.