Group of African children with George Clooney.The news in Hollywood over the weekend was George Clooney’s recent bout with malaria.  After a visit to the Sudan, he contracted this illness for the second time.  His bad fortune (or was it negligence?) serves as a reminder to us all. Even experienced travelers, taking precautions to avoid this illness (and other mosquito borne illnesses) are not guaranteed protection from it.  As we recently shared, a survey of international airline passengers at Boston’s Logan Airport shows that many are unprepared for the health risks they can encounter in their destination country.  According to the survey, only 20% of those traveling to countries where malaria is endemic were carrying a prescription anti-malarial drug.

If you are interested in protecting yourself from a disease that claims approximately one million lives a year, view this advice from Frank Gillingham, MD or check out the malaria page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Photo by United Nations Photo.


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