- Ask your doctor about anti-malarial measures. Tell your doctor which countries you will be visiting. Many areas have malaria parasites that are resistant to particular anti-malaria medicines.
- If in any doubt about which anti-malaria medicines are most suitable for you, you may wish to check with the Public Health Laboratory Service Malaria Reference Laboratory, the Scottish National Health Service website or other professional sources of information.
- Check with your doctor when you should start taking the anti-malaria medicine.
- Avoid mosquito bites. Use insect repellent, preferably one containing diethyltoluamide (DEET). Keep your arms and legs covered after sunset.
- Sleep in properly screened rooms and use a 'knockdown' spray to kill any mosquitoes in the room.
- Use a mosquito net around the bed at night. Preferably the net should be impregnated with an insecticide.
However, none of these precautions will give absolute protection. So if you develop a fever, or feel ill, while abroad or up to three months after returning, seek medical attention immediately. If you develop these symptoms after you have left a malarial region, tell the doctor that you have been to a country where malaria is a health risk.