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Review of Malaria Risk and Prevention for Use in Corporate Travel

Hymel, Pamela MD, MPH; Yang, William MD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 8 - p 951-959
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181808068
Special Section on Health and the Corporate Traveler

Malaria continues to be a significant, life-threatening illness in many parts of the world. For corporate travelers from countries with low endemicity, the risk of infection is considerable. Many corporate travelers are unaware of their risk, unsure of the correct preventative measures, and receive incorrect advice regarding prevention or do not comply with advice they have received. This review addresses the risk of malaria to the nonimmune corporate traveler, disease transmission, and recommended means of prevention, including prevention of mosquito bites and antimalaria chemoprophylaxis.

From the Occupational and Environmental Health Foundation (Dr Hymel), Cisco Systems, San Jose, Calif.; and Health Management (Dr Yang), Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA.

Address correspondence to: Pamela Hymel, MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Health Foundation, Cisco Systems, 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134, 408-527-2615; E-mail: phymel@cisco.com.

Copyright © 2008 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine