Malaria 

For more information: www.cdc.gov/malaria

  1. Ensure that your student continues to take his/her medication for the prescribed time after returning to North America. If s/he has been consistently taking the medication and sleeping under a mosquito net, s/he should not be at risk for malaria.
  2. If your student exhibits symptoms, including fever, headaches and chills, help him/her to seek out a doctor and blood test. Please note that malaria symptoms may manifest similarly to flu symptoms, therefore be sure to inform the doctor that s/he has recently returned from Africa!

Bilharzias/Schistosomiasis

For more information: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2010/chapter-5/schistosomiasis.aspx

  1. Your student is at risk for bilharzias if s/he has been in any body of freshwater in Uganda and Rwanda (e.g. Lake Victoria, the Nile River). The only exception is Lake Bunyonyi, which is bilharzias free.
  2. This disease manifests itself through fever, headache, muscle pain, and respiratory symptoms. If your student displays these symptoms, seek a blood test from your doctor and inform the doctor of your student’s previous travel in Africa and exposure to bodies of water. Please note that symptoms may manifest themselves long after return from Uganda.