What is malaria?
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease which is widespread in many tropical and subtropical countries. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes.
If you’re travelling to an area with a risk of malaria, then it’s crucial to take the correct precautions to enjoy a safe and healthy trip. This includes taking anti-malarial tablets.
If you are unsure whether you are travelling to an area with a risk of malaria, you can check the NHS Fit For Travel website.
What are the symptoms of malaria?
Malaria symptoms are often described as ‘flu-like’. The most common symptoms of malaria include:
- Shivering and sweating
- Muscle pains
If you begin exhibiting these symptoms while on holiday in a malaria risk zone, make sure to seek emergency medical care.
What causes malaria?
Mosquitoes transmit malaria. Malaria occurs when someone has been bitten by an infected mosquito. Malaria is extremely serious and can be prevented should you take the correct precautions.
What is the best course of treatment for malaria?
The best malaria treatment is malaria prevention. It is important to prevent malaria as, once contracted, it is a difficult disease to treat.
Malaria can become life-threatening within 24 hours.
How do you lower your risk of contracting malaria?
In addition to taking antimalarial medication, it is worth considering additional bite prevention tactics. Bite prevention precautions include:
- Wearing loose long-sleeved shirts and long trousers
- Spray insecticide or repellent on your clothing - mosquitoes may sometimes bite through clothing
- Spray insect repellents on any exposed skin
- Sleep under a mosquito net that is saturated with insecticide