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  Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No 1
Cholera Yes 2
Polio and Typhoid 3 N/A
Malaria 4 N/A
 
1: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is needed from tourists over 1 year of age arriving within 6 days from infected areas. Those countries formerly classified as endemic by the World Health Organization (WHO)are considered by the Malaysian authorities to be infected areas.

2: The WHO guidelines issued in 1973 states a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to Malaysia, although it may be needed if traveling on to a cholera-infected country. Outbreaks have been reported in Malaysia recently. See the Health appendix.

3: Typhoid exists, especially in the rural areas.

4: Malaria exists in certain isolated inland regions. Urban and coastal areas are considered safe. The exception being Sabah where the risk of the malignant falciparum form is present throughout the year. The falciparum strain is highly resistant to chloroquine and resistant to sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine.

Food and drink

All water should be regarded as being contaminated. Water used for drinking or making ice should be boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk is not pasteurized and should also be boiled. Tinned or powdered is available but make sure that it is reconstituted with purified water. Avoid dairy products that are made from un boiled milk. Eat well cooked meat and fish that is served hot. Salad, pork, and mayonnaise carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruits peeled.

Note

It is generally considered safe to drink water straight from the tap; however, visitors who are unused to the Malaysian way of life should adhere to the guidelines above.

Additional risks

Hepatitis A, C and E is present and hepatitis B is hyper-endemic.

Epidemics of dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis occur in urban and rural areas. Immunization against TB, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and E is advised.

The risk of rabies is higher in certain areas. For those at high risk, vaccination before travel should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical help at once. For more advice, consult the Health appendix.
Useful travel links
CDC site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
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WHO official site of the World Health Organization