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Issues in the Prevention of Malaria Among Women at War 

Issues in the Prevention of Malaria Among Women at War
Issues in the Prevention of Malaria Among Women at War

Remington L. Nevin

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date: 15 December 2018

The changing roles of women at war may now place them at significant risk of contracting malaria. As with men, prevention of malaria among women rests on interruption of disease transmission through the avoidance of mosquito bites, supplemented where appropriate by use of prophylactic antimalarial medications. Women at war may face unique challenges in bite avoidance, and may face greater health risks than men from currently deployed antimalarials, many of which lack direct reproductive safety data. In this chapter, strategies for prevention are presented, including complications in implementing avoidance measures in deployed settings. Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, patterns of adverse effects, and compliance are discussed. The chapter presents important considerations for antimalarial prophylaxis appropriate for deploying female servicemembers; considerations for forgoing prophylaxis in certain settings and circumstances; options for early malaria diagnosis and treatment; and considerations for medical evacuation of women in deployed settings who remain at high risk of malaria.

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