Super Malaria is starting to be a big concern for global travelers. Here is Dr. Seidenberg with some great information. No matter where you travel overseas it is important to have travel medical insurance. There are a variety of travel medical insurance with evacuation medical benefits located here at https://www.gninsurance.com/international-travel-health-insurance-plans/.
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Dr. Phil Seidenberg, who spent five years working in Zambia as Global Rescue’s African Regional Medical Director, has treated many malaria patients over the years. Below he responds to questions about ‘super malaria’ and shares advice regarding malaria prevention and treatment.
Q: What is ‘super malaria’?
A: ‘Super malaria’ is a term coined by the media that refers to resistance strains of malaria which have emerged in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS): Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Southern Vietnam. There is no medical or scientific term called ‘super malaria.’
Q: Is ‘super malaria’ new?
A: No, it is not new. The public health and scientific communities have known about it since 2008. However, based on recently published reports from the region, it is gaining a much larger footprint in Southeast Asia, which has everyone alarmed.
Q: What is malaria resistance?
A: Malaria resistance refers to strains of the parasite which seem resistant to the most commonly and effectively used treatments for malaria. For many years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a two-drug therapy for simple infections caused by malaria — medications commonly referred to Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT). ‘Super malaria’ thus refers to cases in the GMS which are showing resistance to ACTs, something that seems to be more common and growing at an alarming rate.
Q: Is malaria resistance new?
A: No, malaria resistance is not new. In fact, malaria resistance has been around ever since we’ve figured out how to treat malaria, but we have always been able to develop newer medications or combinations of medicines to combat the resistant infections.
Please head over here for the full article – https://globalrescue.com/personal/blog/detail/Super-Malaria-What-You-Should-Know/ .
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- “Each year, 1.3 million people are killed and 20–50 million are injured in motor vehicle crashes worldwide….and 25,000 of the deaths are among tourists. Nearly half of medical evacuations back to the United States are the result of a car crash, and a medical evacuation can cost upward of $100,000″ – https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/road-safety.