Appendix 6 – Malaria card: Canadian recommendations for the prevention and treatment of malaria

An Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) from the
Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT)

Preamble

The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice relating to tropical infectious disease and health risks associated with international travel. PHAC acknowledges that the advice and recommendations set out in this statement are based upon the best current available scientific knowledge and medical practices, and is disseminating this document for information purposes to both travellers and the medical community caring for travellers.

Persons administering or using drugs, vaccines, or other products should also be aware of the contents of the product monograph(s) or other similarly approved standards or instructions for use. Recommendations for use and other information set out herein may differ from that set out in the product monograph(s) or other similarly approved standards or instructions for use by the licensed manufacturer(s). Manufacturers have sought approval and provided evidence as to the safety and efficacy of their products only when used in accordance with the product monographs or other similarly approved standards or instructions for use.

Appendix VI: Malaria card

To be given to travellers with information about their chemoprophylaxis and an important reminder to seek medical attention in the event of fever illness after travel.
Malaria card. Text equivalent follows.
Malaria card – Text equivalent

Malaria is serious and potentially life-threatening.

Always protect yourself against mosquito bites with appropriate clothing, bed nets, and effective insect repellent.

Your doctor’s name/phone number:

Antimalarial drug prescribed:

Remember to continue medication for the correct period after leaving the malarial area. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible.

If you develop a fever, particularly if accompanied by other flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea), while travelling or up to 1 year later, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Untreated malaria can progress rapidly to severe and fatal infection.

Information for health care professionals

2014 Malaria Recommendations: CATMAT

The Canadian Malaria Network provides access to life-saving medication and advice for physicians.

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