Do I need medication to prevent Malaria?
Anti-malarial medication may be recommended for people travelling to regions where Malaria is common, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Pregnant women, young children, and non-immune travellers from malaria-free regions are particularly vulnerable.
Malaria is a disease commonly spread by female Anopheles mosquitoes infected by a parasite called the Plasmodium parasite. Malaria symptoms include fever, headaches and vomiting and occur after a 10 to 15 day incubation period. If not treated early, Malaria symptoms can be severe and include seizures, coma or even result in death. In some cases, Malaria symptoms may recur.
Malaria is most commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in parts of Asia and South America. Prevention against mosquito bites by using mosquito nets and bug repellents is the line of first defense, and taking anti-malarial medication may be recommended.
Seek medical attention if you believe you may have been exposed to the infected mosquitos, and / or experience the symptoms of Malaria.
World Health Organization
Projected changes in malaria incidence rates, by country 200-2015
Anti-malarial medication: Malarone + others
- Malarone Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Product monographs are available on this website for reference only and are Canada-specific, as provided by the vaccine manufacturers. Please consult a health professional for more information.