Malaria:

Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal disease, spread in over 100 countries by the infected Anolpheles mosquito. Approximately 2,000 travellers return annually to the UK with Malaria. In 2005 there were 11 deaths in the UK from Malaria.

What type of anti-Malarial drugs you will need, indeed whether you will need them at all, depends on several factors including the specific area you will be visiting, the weather and the time of year. Anyone visiting a malarious area can become infected, whatever their age and ethnic background. Malaria can kill very quickly if not diagnosed promptly. It is particularly important to understand that there several strains of Malaria, and that taking the wrong type of medication for the strain to be encountered remains one of the major causes of Malarial infection amongst British travellers.

Our staff are specialists in travel medicine and bite avoidance methods, with access to the latest data on outbreaks, resistant strains, and prevention methods. With us, you can be sure that you have the correct medication, effective mosquito nets and insect repellents, and the comfort of an expert on call if you show symptoms whilst abroad. Call to book an appointment; we can help you even if you are departing in a matter of days.

We also offer a wide range of equipment to purchase at your appointment, if you would like more information please check out our Equipment page.

Malaria Prevention:

Remember ABCD for prevention of malaria.

A-Awareness of risks: Travellers need to be aware of the malaria risk in the country of destination.

B-Bites: Prevention of bites has a significant impact on malaria transmission. It must be remembered that taking anti malarials is as important.Bite prevention is using insect repellent containing Deet, wearing light coloured loose clothing, ideally long sleeves, and long trousers. Sleep under mosquito nets and where possible in air conditioned rooms with screens on the windows.

C-Chemoprophylaxis (anti-malarials): Travellers are advised to visit a travel health specialist prior to their trip to discuss the most appropriate medication. It is vital to complete the medication on return from their trip. Travellers must be aware that no antimalarial is 100% effective so must be aware of signs and symptoms of malaria.