Malaria in Afghanistan?

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Malaria in Afghanistan?

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It seems Afghanistan is a malaria risk country and I’m interested specially for Kabul, Masar-e Scharif, Herat and Wakhan territory.

Has anyone taken anti malaria pills during a stay?
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Have you tried googling "malaria afghanistan". The first 5 results give a very good overview. Also, if you click on images there are useful maps with malaria prevalence in Afghanistan.

https://www.google.com/search?q=malaria ... CAc&uact=5
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Yep, thanks, but I‘m more interested, if anyone has taken anti malaria drugs during a stay in the risk areas of Afghanistan?
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The malarial mosquitoes are more commonly found in wet areas, swamps, marshes, I suppose lakes etc than say cities. But double check that. I took some anti-malarial things on my trip to North-East India some time ago. Some nasty strong side-effects I recall. The doctor will tell you to bring something.
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Acc. to https://tropeninstitut.de/ihr-reiseziel/afghanistan

Afghanistan is a malaria country. There is a seasonal and / or regional risk of infection for travelers. Share of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of the dangerous malaria tropica, 5%.

a) High risk: In areas below 2,500m in the eastern areas bordering on Pakistan from May to November

b) Low risk: In areas below 2,500m in the eastern areas bordering on Pakistan from December to April

c) Low risk: all year round in the rest of the country below 2,500m including Kabul

In the listed risk area a) we recommend the preventive intake of Atovaquon / Proguanil (Malarone®) during the risk period. Alternatively, doxycycline can be used. It is recommended as an alternative by the WHO and has been used successfully worldwide for years. Doxycycline is not approved as a malaria prophylaxis in Germany. The specific selection of anti-malaria agents, their individual adaptation as well as side effects or intolerance to other drugs should be discussed with a travel doctor before the trip.

In the listed risk areas b) and c), only taking atovaquone / proguanil (e.g. Malarone®) with you as an emergency medication is recommended during the risk period.
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