Malaria

Malaria is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes, which can cause fever, headache and in severe cases, coma or death. The risk of contracting malaria in affected areas is significant. Approximately 1,500 travellers return to the UK with malaria every year. In 2008, there were 1,370 cases of malaria reported among UK travellers, including six deaths.
 
Countries at risk
 
Malaria is a large worldwide problem.
 
Travel precautions
 
Many cases of malaria can be prevented by the ABCD approach:
Awareness of risk: know your risk of malaria.
Bite prevention: avoid bites as much as possible.
Chemoprophylaxis: take the right antimalarial tablets.
Diagnosis: get immediate medical help for symptoms.
 
Signs and symptoms
 
Typical symptoms of malaria include shivering, fever, joint pain, vomiting, jaundice and convulsions. The classic symptom of malaria is a sudden coldness followed by fever and sweating.
In severe cases, malaria can progress extremely rapidly and induce a coma and even death within hours or days.
Young children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the disease.
 
Prevention
 
If you are travelling to an area with a risk of malaria you may be recommended to take antimalarial tablets to prevent you from becoming infected. Be sure to also use repellent and mosquito nets to increase your level of safety. There are a range of different antimalarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age, and pregnancy.
Being aware of your risk is a huge factor in protecting yourself from the disease, so be sure to speak to one of us while planning your trip.