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Malaria

Malaria is a very serious disease that is spread by infected mosquitoes. It is important to check the area you are travelling to and if there is risk of malaria. If there is a risk present for malaria then it is likely the mosquitoes can spread malaria to you if are bitten.

Malaria causes

Malaria is spread in lots of tropical and subtropical countries. Malaria is a parasite infection that is spread by being bitten from a female mosquito that is infected by malaria.There is no vaccination against malaria, so taking anti-malarial tablets and trying to avoid getting bitten is very important.

Malaria symptoms

Malaria symptoms can appear between 7 to 18 days after being bitten by mosquitoes however sometimes it can even take up to a year or more for symptoms to appear. It is important to therefore recognise malaria symptoms to ensure you seek urgent medical attention to get treatment. Common symptoms of malaria include:

  • High temperature
  • Headaches
  • Feeling shivery and hot
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Pains in muscles

Malaria infection can be severe and even fatal if treatment against malaria is not started quickly.

Malaria prevention

Step 1: Check the destination you are travelling to for the risk of malaria

Step 2: Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellents

Step 3: Take the correct anti-malaria tablets for protect yourself from malaria

Step 4: Be familiar with the symptoms of malaria and seek urgent attention if you get any malaria symptoms

Anti-malaria tablets

You can purchase anti-malarial tablets without a prescription. You can check malaria risk for the country you are travelling to on fit for travel https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

MyDrugs Online Pharmacy sells the following anti-malarial tablets:

  • Maloff protect that contains Atovaquone 250mg and Proguanil hydrochloride 100mg. This has the same medicines as Malarone and works in the exact same way as Malarone. You can purchase Maloff in a pack size of 36 or 24.
  • Avloclor tablets containing the medicine chloroquine 250mg in pack size 20.

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For more information on malaria please visit https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/malaria 

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