Prevention is better than cure, so why not take precautions rather than developing the disease and suffering later?
What is Malaria?
In 2015, there were 1,400 cases of Malaria reported which included six deaths. Malaria affects everyone at least once in their lifetime and has infected half the world’s population by now. Every year the UK witnesses approximately 1,500 travellers return with malaria. The infected mosquito carries the Plasmodium parasite. Once the parasite is released into your bloodstream, they multiply in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying red blood cells.
Countries at risk
Malaria is usually found in tropical and subtropical climatic regions. If you are planning to visit Sub-Saharan Africa or perhaps South America, we advise that you take extra precautions. Also some South East Asian countries are at high risk of malaria. Other countries in Asia and Latin America are generally considered at moderate risk.
Planning to travel to a country where Malaria is a risk? Book an appointment today with our Malaria Prevention service in Cuddington and surrounding areas.
Travel safety measures
Apply the ABCD line of defence:
Get yourself informed on the subject of Malaria, its side-effects and risks involved.
- Use mosquito nets treated with insect repellent
- Wear clothes that cover most of the body and have ideally been treated with an insect repellent.
- Use insecticides in living, sleeping or camping areas
Once you have been infected with malaria, take the right anti-malarial drugs.
Getting diagnosed is the pre-requisite. Correct diagnosis will help you get well soon.
The JMW Vicary travel clinic at Cuddington will counsel you on recommended antimalarial drugs specific to your travel destination.
Signs & Symptoms
According to a recent fact, worldwide, there was an estimated 198 million cases of malaria in 2013 and 584,000 deaths.
Symptoms of malaria includes sensation of cold, shivering, fever, headaches, vomiting and sweat followed by a return to normal temperature, with tiredness. Severe symptoms include multiple convulsions, breathing and respiratory distress, abnormal bleeding and signs of anaemia or jaundice and evidence of vital organ dysfunction.