I recently spent 10 days in the Amazon jungle I

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Q: I recently spent 10 days in the Amazon jungle. I am covered in mosquito bites, I was bit far more than anyone in my group. Someone in another group who had been there a few days before we arrived was suspected to have malaria and was taken to the hospital on the day I left so I never confirmed if he in fact had malaria but all the symptoms were there. My question is...do you think it's a good idea for me to start some medicine now to be safe or wait to see if I have any symptoms? Thank you very much

Doctor

A:   Hello,
Thank you for your medical query at AskTheDoctor.com

I understand your concern.
The Amazon jungle has a high prevalence of malaria, so even prophylactically, I will advise you to consult a local physician and start on Chloroquine or Quinine prophylaxis. They do not cause any side effects, and hence anyone with a possibility of malaria can receive the prophylactic 3-day course.

Since you're covered in mosquito bites, it seems a logical option.

Hope this was helpful,
Regards

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