Today’s tip is inspired by a tweet from the CDC, and it concerns malaria medication:
Travelers visiting friends and family in countries with #malaria: start taking malaria pills before you leave the US in order to be protected. Any medicine you buy outside the US may be counterfeit, so bring all your medicine from the US. https://t.co/V28CHlzowe pic.twitter.com/EPsSNsIsnv
— CDC Travel Health (@CDCtravel) December 11, 2018
My primary advice to travelers to malaria-risk countries is to see a doctor well before your departure and to follow his or her instructions. Beyond that, you should trust medications from your home over anything you might pick up in a foreign place. As the CDC notes, this applies to people visiting friends and family abroad, who are “8–10 times as likely to be infected with malaria as tourists.” Here’s the CDC’s page on visiting friends and relatives, and here’s its page on malaria.
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