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Traveler's advisory.

Although summer is over, and most of us have taken our annual vacation, m travel during the off-season, and many more prefer a winter holiday in warmer cl such travel is to parts of the world hitherto familiar to us only through Nation a result, the medical profession has become increasingly interested in

what is k medicine."

The subject is not a new one, and most physicians have at times been call adequate health advice to those traveling to remote places as tourists, business missionaries, researchers, etc. Because of the recent explosive increase in such most physicians either have not or cannot keep abreast of developments in the ar medicine. Although the last few years have brought a proliferation of travel cli country--where the latest information is available on immunization requirements, other matters related to the health of travelers--many people, particularly thos bounds of major cities, do not have ready access to such facilities.

Having done more than his share of travel to even the most distant parts new editor has given considerable attention to the subject of travel medicine an with you various items of interest on a recurring basis in the hope that your tr more healthful.

For our first item, let's look briefly at a disease that has been obliter has also become increasingly serious in the world's developing countries, in spi to control it. Malaria is found in some areas of the Caribbean and Central Ameri much of South America, Africa and Asia. A weekly dose of chloroquine, given two entering a malarious area until six weeks after leaving it, can prevent malaria a particular malaria strain may be resistant to the drug. Travelers to these are to take an additional drug, paludrine, not currently available in the U.S. Howev and Drug Administration has recently approved the use of mefloquine (a.k.a. Lari one week before visiting the area and for up to four weeks after leaving the are tablet a week for four weeks and one every other week thereafter.

Doctors are, of course, being warned of certain precautions associated wi And although much remains to be said about malaria prevention, we shall leave fu developments for later issues.
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Date:Nov 1, 1989
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