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Malaria Risk Travel Information

What is the risk of malaria in Malaysia?

There is risk in Peninsula Malaysia deep forest areas where Paludrine/Avloclor (Proguanil plus Chloroquine) anti-malarials are the preferred choice.

All other areas including the Cameron HIghlands, Kuala Lumpur and Penang are very low risk, adopt bite avoidance regime.

Antimalarials are advised in Malaysia if visiting any at risk areas. Please remember to also follow the bite avoidance measures below in all areas.

What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Malaysia?

You do not need a prescription to buy malaria medicine for the "At Risk" areas of Malaysia (see above)

You can order the suitable malaria medicine for these areas by clicking on the following links.

Paludrine/Avloclor (Proguanil plus Chloroquine)

We only sell genuine UK licensed medicines.

So what else can I do to prevent malaria?

All travellers should however follow the bite avoidance measures below:

  • Use mosquito nets impregnated with permethrin or Deltamethrin. These insecticides kill mosquitoes instantly by acting on their central nervous system. During daytime, tie the net in a knot and leave it hanging from the ceiling. At bedtime untie the net and check carefully for hidden mosquitoes or any tears. Holes or tears must be mended with adhesive tape or thread. Tuck the edge of the net under the mattress and make sure there are no openings.
  • Apply insect repellent to all exposed areas of skin, avoiding eyes and mouth. Also apply to clothing, reapplying frequently in accordance with the manufacturers directions. We advise the use of N, N-diethylmetatoluamide (or DEET to you and me) containing products. DEET has been widely used for over 50 years and has quite clearly been shown to be one of the most effective repellent products. The use of 50% DEET products is usually sufficient in normal conditions. Our range of insect and mosquito repellent products can be found here.
  • From sunset onwards here are a few free and easy tips to reduce the chance of getting bitten. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, obvious, we know, but this will at least reduce skin available to be bitten. Wear Light colours as these attract mosquitoes less than dark clothing. Remember that aftershave and perfumes will tend to attract mosquitoes, so going without could help reduce the risk of being bitten.

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