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Malaria is a tropical disease spread through mosquito bites. Speak to our team about how to prevent Malaria before you travel.

All it takes to contract Malaria is one single mosquito bite. The mosquitoes that carry malaria are typically more active at dusk and at night. When an infected mosquito bites, it passes the parasites that cause the illness into the bloodstream. If you are travelling to the following areas we recommend taking precautions against Malaria:

  • Large areas of Africa and Asia
  • Central and South America
  • Haiti and the Dominican Republic
  • Parts of the Middle East
  • Some Pacific islands

Reduce your risk of catching Malaria

As malaria is spread through the bite of mosquitoes we advise actively taking steps to reduce your risk of being bitten. To reduce your chances of a bite we recommend taking the following practical steps:

  • Wear loose long-sleeved clothing and long trousers.
  • Insect repellents should also be used on exposed skin and thin clothing.
  • Spraying insecticides, burning pyrethroid coils and heating insecticide impregnated tablets all help to control mosquitoes
  • If you are sleeping in an unscreened room, or out of doors, a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide is advised.

Antimalarial Medication

For some countries with a high risk of malaria, tablets to prevent malaria (antimalarials) are recommended to travellers. Whether these are appropriate for you will depend on a range of factors.

For the tablets to work at their best, it’s important to start before arrival to a risk area, this means there will be enough antimalarial medication in your system to start preventing infection when you arrive. Book an appointment with our travel team online to discuss antimalarials and find the most appropriate medication for you.

If you are experiencing symptoms seek medical advice:

As malaria symptoms can take longer than a year to show, always consult your doctor if you display symptoms following a trip to a high risk area. When you meet your GP include whether or not you took antimalarial medication before your travel.

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