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14 July 2009

Malaria: a holiday souvenir?

Check whether your holiday destination is in an area where malaria is prevalent. Without taking the proper precautions, your annual family holiday could end in tragedy.

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Check whether your holiday destination is in an area where malaria is prevalent. Without taking the proper precautions, your annual family holiday could end in tragedy.

Take action: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about taking the proper medication – it depends on the specific area that you're travelling to. Also take note of other ways to keep the mosquitoes away: wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves – especially at dawn and dusk; use long-lasting insecticide sprays inside homes and buildings; apply mosquito repellents directly to the skin; use mosquito netting over the beds – these can be soaked in certain types of insecticide.

 
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