Jefferson University Hospitals

Malaria

Malaria is the most deadly of all tropical parasitic diseases. If you are planning to travel to an area where malaria occurs, consult with Jefferson's Travel Medicine Services team well in advance of your departure.

Drugs to prevent malaria can be prescribed for travelers to malarious areas, but travelers from different countries may receive different recommendations, reflecting differences in treatment protocols as well as availability of medicines in different countries.

Our services are comprehensive and convenient. Based on where you plan to travel, we can advise you of the precautions you should take and administer the needed vaccinations – all in one visit to our Center City Philadelphia office.

If you experience symptoms of fever during or after travel in a country where you were at risk for contracting malaria, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Physicians of Jefferson's Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic will ensure you are accurately diagnosed and that an appropriate treatment plan is prescribed.

Malaria can be treated effectively in its early stages, but delaying treatment can have serious consequences.

Making an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with an infectious disease specialist, please call 215-955-5161. The Outpatient Clinic is located at 834 Walnut Street, Suite 650, in Center City Philadelphia.

Appointments for Travel Medicine Services are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To schedule a consultation, please call 215-955-0860. Although it's ideal to schedule your appointment six to eight weeks before your departure date, if you're leaving sooner, please don't assume you cannot or should not seek care. Travel Medicine Services are located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 205, in Center City Philadelphia.