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Yellow fever and Malaria

Côte d’Ivoire falls into the category of countries of possible exposure to Yellow Fever and Malaria. While a health certificate showing current yellow fever immunization is required for entry into Côte d’Ivoire, you can not get vaccinated for Malaria.

We advise to apply the most reasonable advise “preventing is better than healing!” and trust that a lot of harm can be avoided.

Prevention in order to avoid mosquito bites:-

Use insect repellent. On exposed skin when you go outdoors, use an insect repellent such as those with DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Even a short time outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.

Wear proper clothing to reduce mosquito bites. When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.

Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The peak biting times for many mosquito species is dusk to dawn, however Aedes Aegypti, the main vector of Yellow Fever virus, feeds during the daytime. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during daytime as well as evening and early morning.

It exists a Malaria treatment which can be used as prevention as well. The Malaria drug used in this treatment is very strong though and can lead to very annoying side effects, like liver problems. We recommend you rather to work on the prevention which avoids mosquitos to bite you.

Important notice:

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. Left untreated, it may develop severe complications. The eruption of the illness does not necessarily come immediately, hence, if for a couple of months after a trip to a malaria sensitive country you should experience fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms, don ’t forget to eventually consider Malaria. You will get best medical advise by a doctor experienced in tropical diseases.