Our expert says:
There are several dangerous myths regarding malaria prophylaxis. Taking prophylaxis does not make the diagnosis more difficult but it does protect you against serious forms of malaria like cerebral malaria and black water fever. It is true that prophylaxis is not 100% effective - hence the importance of always avoiding bites by using DEET and long sleeved clothing. Malaria can be a fatal disease especially in children making prophylaxis justified and although anti-malaria drugs may have side effects, it is usually not severe and can be avoided by careful selection of medication taking into consideration your medical history and the area you will be visiting. Just remember that certain drugs should be avoided if you plan to dive (doxicyline usually safe. Contact a Netcare travel clinic to advise you regarding the best drug to take for the area you plan to visit
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