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Chemoprophylaxis of Tropical Infectious Diseases

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Author(s): William J. H. McBride

Journal: Pharmaceuticals
ISSN 1424-8247

Volume: 3;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 1561;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: chemoprophylaxis | malaria | leptospirosis | scrub typhus | diarrhea

ABSTRACT
Travelers to tropical countries are at risk for a variety of infectious diseases. In some cases effective vaccinations are available, but for other infections chemoprophylaxis can be offered. Malaria prevention has become increasingly complex as Plasmodium species become resistant to available drugs. In certain high risk settings, antibiotics can be used to prevent leptospirosis, scrub typhus and other infections. Post-exposure prophylaxis is appropriate for selected virulent infections. In this article the evidence for chemoprophylaxis will be reviewed.
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