Welcome to JA and thanks for this question. Actually if you are travelling to Ghana then there is a risk of contracting malaria while you are there and that is why it is recommended that you be started on malaria prophylaxis during your stay in that country. Now the strain of malaria in Ghana is resistant to the common driugs which would include chloroquine. That is why it is recommended that travellers be started on one of the following medications to prevent development of malaria. These include,
Now as to which drug you should be started on would depend on your physical state and several other factors, however here is a link which will give you more information regarding which drug can be used in your particular case. I think mefloquine is a good option here.
Link for drugs used to prevent malaria
In addition during your stay in Ghana you should ALSO implement the following measures,
- Use topical mosquito repellents at all times especially during the evening and night hours
- Sleep under mosquito netting
- Keep most of your body covered however if you cannot then use the topical repellents
- Also use mosquito sprays or repellents in the room/house where you are staying
But in short regarding the risk, the CDC requires all travellers to Ghana be started on malarial prophylaxis which means that there is a real risk of acquring the diseases during your 4 week stay there however with the right prophylactic drugs and use of the above measures the risk is reduced to almost zero, if not zero completely.
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