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Egypt, Africa

Malaria Risk Travel Information

What is the risk of malaria in Egypt?

If visiting the El Faiyûm area (this is 50 miles south west of Cairo) you will require Chloroquine (Avloclor) as the preferred anti-malarial during the months of June to October. All other areas are very low risk, bite avoidance measures are required.

Antimalarials are advised in Egypt if visiting any at risk areas. Please remember to also follow the bite avoidance measures below in all areas.

What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Egypt?

You do not need a prescription to buy malaria medicine for the "At Risk" areas of Egypt (see above)

You can order the suitable malaria medicine for these areas by clicking on the following links.

Avloclor Tablets (Chloroquine)

We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

So what else can I do to prevent malaria?

All travellers should however follow the bite avoidance measures below:

  • Use mosquito nets impregnated with permethrin or Deltamethrin. These insecticides kill mosquitoes instantly by acting on their central nervous system. During daytime, tie the net in a knot and leave it hanging from the ceiling. At bedtime untie the net and check carefully for hidden mosquitoes or any tears. Holes or tears must be mended with adhesive tape or thread. Tuck the edge of the net under the mattress and make sure there are no openings.
  • Apply insect repellent to all exposed areas of skin, avoiding eyes and mouth. Also apply to clothing, reapplying frequently in accordance with the manufacturers directions. We advise the use of N, N-diethylmetatoluamide (or DEET to you and me) containing products. DEET has been widely used for over 50 years and has quite clearly been shown to be one of the most effective repellent products. The use of 50% DEET products is usually sufficient in normal conditions. Our range of insect and mosquito repellent products can be found here.
  • From sunset onwards here are a few free and easy tips to reduce the chance of getting bitten. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, obvious, we know, but this will at least reduce skin available to be bitten. Wear Light colours as these attract mosquitoes less than dark clothing. Remember that aftershave and perfumes will tend to attract mosquitoes, so going without could help reduce the risk of being bitten.

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