What is the role of chemoprophylaxis in the prevention of malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Consider chemoprophylaxis with antimalarials in patients traveling to endemic areas. Chemoprophylaxis is available in many different forms. The drug of choice is determined by the destination of the traveler and any medical conditions the traveler may have that contraindicate the use of a specific drug.

Before traveling, people should consult their physician and the Malaria and Traveler's Web site of the CDC to determine the most appropriate chemoprophylaxis. [40] Travel Medicine clinics are also a useful source of information and advice.


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