Choose your antimalarial medicine with care
Every year more than a hundred travellers from the UK catch malaria and tens of them die. The onset can be rapid. The right anti malaria tablet provides good protection. The risks are higher for children and pregnant women, and for people with ongoing medical conditions.
No one type of recommended anti-malaria tablet works better than another. Some are daily tablets, some weekly. Some are started a few days before travel, others 7 or 10 days before. Before you order your antimalarial please visit NHS Fit for Trave. to make sure you are ordering the right medicines for the area you are visiting
People get malaria by being bitten by a mosquito infected with malaria parasites. When the mosquito feeds on blood from an infected human, the malaria parasites develop in the mosquito and mix with the mosquito's saliva. When the infected mosquito bites another person, malaria can be transmitted.
Because the malaria parasite lives in the red blood cells of an infected person, malaria can also be transmitted via blood transfusion, or the shared use of needles. Malaria may also be transmitted from a mother to her baby before or during delivery.
Mosquitoes can bite at any time of day. Most bites occur in the evening.
Malaria symptoms start out similar to flu. Symptoms include fever, shivers, sweating, backache, joint pains, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea & sometimes delirium.
These symptoms may take a week or more to develop after you have been bitten by an infected mosquito.
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