"There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer"
- Bill Gates
What is Malaria?
Every year the UK witnesses approximately 1,500 travellers returning with malaria. In 2015, there were 1,400 cases of Malaria reported which included six deaths.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Anopheles mosquito. 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 has become a worldwide problem. Malaria is usually found in tropical and subtropical climatic regions. If you are planning to visit Sub-Saharan Africa or perhaps South America, please do take extra precautions. Also some Southeast Asian countries are at high risk of malaria too. Other countries in Asia and Latin America are generally considered at moderate risk.
Planning to travel to a country where Malaria is a risk? Visit Lawton Pharamcy today for anti-malaria vaccination near Heathrow to ensure a safe journey ahead.
Travel safety measures
Use the ABCD line of attack
Awareness - Get yourself informed on the subject of Malaria, its side-effects and risk involved with it.
- 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
Chemoprophylaxis - Once you have been infected with malaria, take the right anti-malarial drugs.
Diagnosis - Getting diagnosed is the pre-requisite. Correct diagnosis will help you get well soon.
Signs & Symptoms - According to a recent fact, worldwide, there were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria in 2013 and 584,000 deaths.
Mild symptoms include sensation of cold, shivering, fever, headaches, vomiting and sweats 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.