Can I prevent malaria?

If you live or travel in an area where malaria is common, talk to your provider about taking medications to prevent malaria. You will need to take the drugs before, during and after your stay.

You should also take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. To lower your chances of getting malaria, you should:

  • Apply mosquito repellent with DEET (diethyltoluamide) to exposed skin.
  • Drape mosquito netting over beds.
  • Put screens on windows and doors.
  • Treat clothing, mosquito nets, tents, sleeping bags and other fabrics with an insect repellent called permethrin.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves to cover your skin.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/20/2020.

References

  • Merck Manuals. Malaria. Accessed 8/20/2020.
  • Centers for Disease Control. Malaria. Accessed 8/20/2020.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders. Malaria. Accessed 8/20/2020.

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