Malaria prophylaxis - the South African viewpoint
A consensus meeting was held under the auspices of the Department of National Health and Population Development in September 1991 in order to establish local, current consensus on malaria prophylaxis for the South African traveller within South Africa and neighbouring African countries. The meeting was attended by malaria experts and others interested in malaria. The consensus reached took into consideration not only the international literature, but also local clinical experience and viewpoints. As a result, it was decided that prevention of mosquito bites is the mainstay of malaria prophylaxis and that chemooprophylaxis should be individualised. Malaria may still be contracted despite good compliance with the recommended prophylactic regimen.
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