Santé Montréal

Malaria (Paludism)

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Description

Malaria is a very serious and sometimes fatal infection caused by a parasite called plasmodium. There are several strains of plasmodium, and the severity of the malaria varies depending on which species of the parasite is responsible for the infection. The parasite that is most dangerous and most drug-resistant is Plasmodium falciparum.

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Symptoms

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When to Consult

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Complications

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Protection and prevention

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

Go to a travel health clinic as far in advance of your departure as possible. The clinic can prescribe anti-malaria drugs, administer the necessary vaccines and help you understand the precautions you need to take with water, food, insects, the sun, sexual relations, etc. Travel health clinics charge for their services.

You can find a travel health clinic near you on the Public Health Agency of Canada's list of travel health clinics across Canada.

More information :

World Health Organization

Health Canada - Travel Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Treatment

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2015.05.22