Malaria is a serious illness caused by a parasite which infects red blood cells. The risk of Malaria differs from region to region and from traveller to traveller within a single country. Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
The initial symptoms of Malaria are flu-like and include:
- A high temperature of 38C or above
- Feeling hot and shivery
- Muscle pains
- Generally feeling unwell
1. How do you catch it?
Malaria is transmitted by an infected mosquito, which mainly bites between dusk and dawn. Malaria is not contagious therefore you can’t catch it from physical contact with a person who is infected. The Malaria parasite is not in an infected person’s saliva and it is not passed on from person to person.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites! This can be achieved through use of an effective insect repellent as well as wearing long, loose-fitting clothing. Stick to long sleeved shirts and pants during peak hours. More importantly, anti-Malarial tablets are available to help prevent a mosquito bite from infecting you.
3. Anti-Malarial tablets
Usually, depending on various factors to do with your health and your destination(s), there is a choice of prophylactic treatment to choose from. We offer all the major anti-Malarial tablets from Worldwide Travel Health Clinic including branded ones such as Malarone.
4. At Risk Destinations
Please refer to the map below to get an insight into where the risk of Malaria transmission is prevalent.
For a free risk assessment and expert advice, contact us today and speak with one of our dedicated healthcare professionals.