Prevention and treatment of mountain sickness


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One adult out of four who climbs to an altitude higher than 2000 meters will suffer from mountain sickness, a severe illness that is potentially fatal. The risk depends on the rate of ascension and the altitude reached, and not on physical condition. Mountain sickness may be avoided by taking preventive measures, which may include a medication.

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