Our recommendations once back from the trip:
- it is essential to continue the antimalarial treatment the time planned by the doctor.
- if a fever appears in the weeks following a return from a malarious country, it is necessary to consult a doctor; indeed, any unexplained fever in this context is regarded a priori as malaria access; it takes a blood test to make the diagnosis and treat without delay.
- if diarrhea develops and does not stop, especially if they are accompanied by fever or if they are bloody, a doctor should also be consulted.
Going on a trip means holidays for most of us. Some basic rules are nevertheless important to follow in order to avoid that pleasure can turn into a nightmare:
Before the journey :
- inquire about the sanitary conditions of the place of destination,
- weigh the pros and cons to travel with children;
- Pregnant women and people with chronic diseases are relatively fragile people, they must also think about possible risks;
- prepare a pharmacy kit.
On the spot :
- watch out for water and raw foods,
- take regular antimalarial drugs if malaria is prevalent,
- use repellents and a mosquito net,
- put on clothes and shoes,
- do not bathe in fresh water.
When returning from your trip:
- continue antimalarials
- see a doctor if something is wrong.
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- Ministry of Health, Sante.gouv, 2012.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2012.