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Travelers' Health Information About Ghana

Malaria

Malaria is a serious and may be a  fatal disease. Travelers to Ghana are at risk of contracting malaria and should therefore take one of the following antimalarial drugs: mefloquine (Lariam), doxycycline, or Malarone. A traveler who is on an appropriate antimalaria drug has a greatly reduced chance of contracting the disease. In addition, other personal protective measures, such as the use of insect repellents and sleeping under impregnated mosquito nets help reduce malaria risk. Travelers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area and up to one year after returning home should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what antimalarials they have been taking.

Additional information on malaria may be found at the following sites -

General Information on Malaria

Prescription Drugs for Preventing Malaria

Preventing Malaria in Pregnant Women

Preventing Malaria in Infants and Children

 


Yellow Fever

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended and may be required for entry into certain of these countries. If you travel to West Africa, the easiest and safest thing to do is get a yellow fever vaccination and a signed certificate. For detailed information, see Comprehensive Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements.

 


Other Health Related Information

Health Information for Travelers to West Africa

Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases

Further Health Information for Travelers

 


Other Information

Republic of Ghana: Official Website

Ministry of Health, Ghana

Ghana Health Service

US Department of State: Consular Information Sheet on Ghana

 


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