Travellers do not need to worry. The risk of catching malaria is low in most tourist spots in this region. ITM’s advice about whether or not to take preventive medication remains unchanged.
"The parasites are not yet resistant to the prophylactic pills that tourists take against malaria," says Dr. Ula Maniewski from ITM, "The local population is far more at risk. Travellers must first and foremost protect themselves against mosquito bites between dusk and dawn. If they were prescribed malaria pills, they must follow the correct dosing schedule, otherwise they run a life-threatening risk".
The super malaria parasite was first discovered in Northwest Cambodia, and later in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It is possible that it will spread even further, and eventually reach Africa.
ITM advises travellers to inform their GP or ask advice in a travel clinic before departure.
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