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.
Travel Safety Measures
Travel safety measures
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
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.
Signs & Symptoms
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.