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Malaria Medicine Prescriptions

What is Malaria?

Malaria is widespread in many tropical and subtropical countries and is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that spread malaria are most active between dusk and dawn. Malaria is not present in the UK, however, every year approximately 1,500 people catch malaria on a trip abroad. In 2013 seven UK travellers died from malaria contracted abroad.  You cannot be vaccinated against malaria, but it is very preventable and you can protect yourself by being:

A – Aware of the risk- make sure you know if the area you are visiting has a malaria risk. Speak to your travel health advisor or visit Fit For Travel to get up- to- date malaria recommendations.

B – Bite avoidance - avoid mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent and sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.

C – Compliance – seek medical advice before travel to obtain the correct malarial tablets. Make sure you take them as prescribed and complete the course to reduce your risk of contracting malaria.

D – Diagnosis- If malaria symptoms present, a medical professional should be consulted as quickly as possible for prompt treatment.

Symptoms of malaria can be very similar to flu and include a high temperature, sweats and chills, muscle pains, headaches, diarrhoea and a cough. Symptoms can present up to one year after travelling to a malaria region.

If you think you may have malaria you need to SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION. Tell your healthcare professional that you have visited a malarial area. 

We offer a full range of antimalarial medications & can advise you on the most appropriate for you & your travel destination, which you can order using our simple online system as below.


Get the latest malaria info at www.malariahotspots.co.uk

MALARIA MAPS can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk


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