Factors Influencing the Choice of Prophylactics
Recommendations for malaria prophylactics should be individualised whenever possible. Many factors significantly influence the choice of malaria prophylactics.
Duration of stay within the area
If you are going to a malaria area for longer than 2 weeks and will not be able to get suitable medical treatment, it may be necessary to take "back-up" treatment with you. (Discuss with your doctor).
Prevalence of mosquitoes
The availability of malaria prophylactics
Your health status
Pregnant women should not enter malaria areas as they are at high risk of getting malaria. If they do go, however, they must either take chloroquine alone (in chloroquine-sensitive areas) or in combination with proguanil (in chloroquine-resistant areas). Although it is usually prudent for pregnant women to avoid taking medicine, in this instance, the risk of getting malaria far outweighs the possible adverse effects of the above drugs.
Degree of resistance of the malarial parasite
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