Mosquitoes and Malaria
Malaria is a highly debilitating and sometimes fatal parasitic disease, which is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Malaria is present in all tropical countries (and is creeping north into new areas). It comes in different forms, some ot which are .1 lot more dangerous than others.
Local people often have a natural immunity to the effects ot malaria, but tourists don’t. About 2,000 UK residents contract malaria each year, and some ot them die. If you are going to a tropical destination, ask your doctor for advice about anti-malaria treatments and measures.
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If you are going to a high-risk area, your doctor can prescribe a course of the most appropriate medication, which has to be started at least a week before your
Anyone making a last-minute bloging is at greatest risk, because they may not have had time to see their doctor, or obtain the correct medication.
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General mosquito, tick etc. – countermeasures
Though the medication is effective, you will still have to take precautions to avoid being bitten.
Take any medication prescribed and always finish the course of medication. Don’t assume that you can stop taking it because you are feeling OK or are back in the UK.
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Take and use effective insect-repellent creams.
If you suffer from any fever and feel ill while abroad, or for up to three months after you come back from an infected area, see your doctor. Describe your symptoms and tell him you recently returned from an area infected with malaria.
If you are interested in researching any specific diseases, you may find the World Health Organisation website interesting at www.who.int/health_topics
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