Traveling and Malaria: Know the Facts

Each year, millions of US travelers visit malaria-endemic regions. Though
malaria is serious and sometimes life threatening, it can be treated.
Coartem is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) as first-line treatment for acute, uncomplicated malaria
infections due to Plasmodium falciparum.


What is Coartem?

Coartem (artemether and lumefantrine) is a prescription medication used to treat acute uncomplicated malaria
caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) in people 2 months of age and older who weigh at
least 11 pounds (5 kg).


Coartem is not approved to:

  • treat severe or complicated P falciparum malaria
  • prevent malaria

It is not known if Coartem is safe and effective in children who weigh less than 11 pounds (5 kg).

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What Is Malaria?

Malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease that is caused by a parasite (something that lives off the nutrients of another living being) that infects a specific type of mosquito (Anopheles mosquito). These mosquitoes live in warm climates and pose a threat...

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What Is Coartem?

Coartem (artemether and lumefantrine) is a prescription medication used to treat acute uncomplicated malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) in people 2 months of age and older who weigh at least 11 pounds (5 kg).


Coartem is not approved to:

  • treat severe or complicated P falciparum malaria
  • prevent malaria

It is not known if Coartem is safe and effective in children who weigh less than 11 pounds (5 kg).

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Before You Go

If you are planning a trip to a malaria-risk area, you should speak to your doctor or travel health specialist 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. He or she can provide additional guidance on specific medical requirements for travel to certain areas.

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