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<< 5.1 Interhealth
Be informed about the country you are going to and the recommended prophylactic drugs, if necessary. Much more important is to avoid getting bitten – in the evenings and at night.
WHO provide very detailed information and the site below is worth a visit for up-to-date information.
Key messages include:
After your return to the UK
- Ensure that you take the recommended drug, at the recommended dose, for the recommended time – before, during and after your return
- Take every precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes
- Sleep under permethrin impregnated bed nets (taken with you if need be)
- Use a DEET-based insect repellent
- Spray your room each night
- Keep well covered – wearing long sleeve shirts and long trousers in the evenings etc
- Continue to take antimalarials for the recommended time after your return
- Make sure that you report any suspicious symptoms for at least 3 months after return
- Don't delay seeking advice. If you should develop a febrile illness in the year following your return, ensure that your GP knows if you have been living in a malarious area
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