What you need to know about malaria

Most of us have heard of malaria, yet we don’t take the risk seriously.

Malaria is a potentially fatal, tropical disease, spread by mosquitoes infected with malaria parasites.

Malaria can make you very sick, it causes high fevers, chills, and flu-like symptoms which require immediate medical attention. If left untreated, malaria can quickly become fatal.

Anyone travelling to a known malaria area is at risk. It doesn’t matter where you are staying, how often you visit, or whether you used to live there (as you lose your natural immunity when you move away from a malaria area)1.

In 2015 there were 1,400 reported cases of people from the UK contracting malaria whilst abroad2.

Don't take unnecessary risks when it comes to malaria - ask your pharmacist for advice before taking your next trip abroad.

Preventing malaria is just one of the things to think about before you travel. There might also be some recommended vaccinations.

If you haven't already done so, make an appointment to have a full travel check-up, to find out what other precautions you should take. Your pharmacist will be able to give you details about your nearest travel clinic.

1. Carter R, et al. (2002) Evolutionary and historical aspects of the burden of malaria. Clin Microbiol Rev. 12(4). P.22-33

2. Public Health England. Imported malaria in the UK: statistics. Updates July 2016. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/imported-malaria-in-the-uk-statistics. Accessed April 2017

 

 

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