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Malaysia Travel Health Advice

Some tropical illnesses are prevalent in Malaysia and travellers should seek medical advice regarding any recommended vaccinations before travelling. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B are common, as is dengue fever, which has no vaccination or immunisation. There has been an increase in cases of dengue fever in the last several years. Malaria risks are isolated to the inland regions; the exception is Sabah, where there is an all-year risk. Travellers older than one year coming from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Visitors may also be advised to get vaccinations for rabies, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis, depending on their travel itineraries in Malaysia. Visitors should stick to bottled water and avoid uncooked meat, fish and vegetables, unpeeled fruit, ice and salads. A further health hazard in Malaysia is smoke haze and air pollution, particularly in Kuala Lumpur, which has one of the worst air qualities in Asia with very high Benzene pollution levels. This could aggravate cardiac or respiratory problems.

The hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and other cities are of a high standard but medical facilities may be lacking in rural areas. Medical insurance is recommended.


View information on diseases:

Dengue Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Yellow fever

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