Medindia

X

Britons don't Need Malaria Pills Before Visiting India

by Medindia Content Team on  July 6, 2006 at 7:56 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Britons don't Need Malaria Pills Before Visiting India
Britons no longer need to take malaria tablets before travelling to India, according to a recommendation by TropMedEurop, an electronic network of infectious disease specialists.
Advertisement

The organisation's research analysed all the malaria cases imported into eight European countries from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka between 1999 and 2004.

Advertisement
Even though malaria remains a hazard in the subcontinent, the study concluded that, for the average holidaymaker, the dangers from taking prophylactic drugs rated higher than the risk of disease.

The TropMedEurop analysis showed that a visitor to India faced a risk of catching malaria equivalent to one attack per 1,923 years spent in the country; the corresponding risk for Pakistan was 1,059 years.

These figures represent all cases of the disease, but most incidences of malaria from the subcontinent are the relatively mild vivax form. The risk of contracting falciparum malaria - the kind that can kill - in India is estimated at one per 27,888 years.

A travel medicine specialist told The Independent: "The new advice is not an invitation to trust to luck. The single most important precaution for travellers is to avoid being bitten: besides malaria, plenty of other insect-borne diseases thrive in the region."

(Source: IANS)
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions
hi, I need to find good deal cost that I can afford than 500.00 something...
Nov 5, 2008 to Jan 27, 2009 to stay India. So How much cost for Typhoid and also mefloquine pills.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks
Shehnaz

guest Friday, October 10, 2008

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All