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Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes.

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A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to become infected but the disease can be prevented by taking antimalarial drugs before visiting countries where you could be at risk.

If prevention is not taken, malaria, if not diagnosed and treated promptly, can be fatal.

Preventing malaria

Malaria can be easily avoided by taking antimalarial drugs before your trip.

An easy way to remember is the ABCD approach to prevention:

What causes malaria?

Malaria is caused by a type of parasite known as plasmodium. There are many different types of plasmodia parasites, but only five cause malaria in humans.

The plasmodium parasite is mainly spread by female Anopheles mosquitoes, which mostly bite at night. When an infected mosquito bites a human, it passes the parasites into the bloodstream.

Malaria can also be spread through blood transfusions and the sharing of needles, but this is very rare.

Malaria risk areas

Malaria is found in more than 100 countries, mainly in tropical regions of the world, including:

The World Malaria Report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2013, states that in 2012 there were 207 million cases of malaria worldwide and 627,000 deaths.

Malaria is not found in the UK, although about 1,400 travellers were diagnosed with malaria after returning to the UK from the areas above in 2012.

Symptoms of malaria

It is important to be aware of the symptoms of malaria if you are travelling to areas where there is a high malaria risk.

Symptoms include:
• a high temperature (fever)
• sweats and chills
• headaches
• vomiting
• muscle pains
• diarrhoea

Symptoms usually appear between seven and 18 days after becoming infected, but in some cases the symptoms may not appear for up to a year, or occasionally even longer.

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