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Malaria is spread by Infected Mosquitoes in most tropical regions. It is a serious illness often leading to high fevers, migraines and other flu like symptoms and in severe cases, can be fatal. There are no vaccinations, so we highly recommended that you take malaria tablets if you are travelling to an area at risk.

Medication and side effects

Tablets are the most effective method of protecting yourself against Malaria. Depending on the type of treatment you usually need to start taking the tablets a few dates before you travel continuing taking them throughout your travels and a few days after.
Taking tablets in conjunctions with other preventative methods provide excellent protection against Malaria. Usually between 90 – 100% protection.
We recommend antimalarial medication for all travellers to high risk countries. Most anti-malarial medications are safe for everyone including pregnant women. Please speak to your pharmacist for more advice.

Malarone

  • Duration
  • Cost
  • 1 to 7 day trip
  • £58.00
  • 8 to 14 day trip
  • £74.00
  • 15 to 21 day trip
  • £89.00
  • 22 to 28 day trip
  • £104.00
  • Longer Trips
  • Please Contact Us for Prices

You must start taking your Malarone two (2) days prior to travelling, during the course of your trip and for a further 7 days after your return. You must only take the medication at the recommended dosage once a day.  Side Effect are the occasional mild dizziness, headaches, stomach pain, nausea and/or diarrhoea. Please speak to one of our travel experts for more information on the usage of Marlone.

Doxycline

  • Duration
  • Cost
  • 1 to 7 day trip
  • £29.95
  • 8 to 14 day trip
  • £35.00
  • 15 to 21 day trip
  • £40.00
  • 22 to 28 day trip
  • £44.99
  • Longer Trips
  • Please Contact Us for Prices

Doxycline is a prescription only medication. You are required to provide an NHS or private prescription from an accredited GP. You must start taking your Doxycline one (1) to two (2) days prior to travelling and during the course of your trip as prescribed. Side Effect are the occasional nausea, sore throat and/or diarrhoea. Please speak to one of our travel experts for more information on the usage of Doxycline. We do not recommend this form of medication if you are planning to conceive or are pregnant.

Atovaquone with Proguanil

  • Duration
  • Cost
  • 1 to 7 day trip
  • £39.00
  • 8 to 14 day trip
  • £54.00
  • 15 to 21 day trip
  • £70.99
  • 22 to 28 day trip
  • £88.00
  • Longer Trips
  • Please Contact Us for Prices

Generic version of Malarone.
For a weeklong trip (7 days) recommended usage 1-2 days prior to the travelling, and during your trip. Once a day medication.
Side Effect are usually mild and uncommon however can in some cases cause dizziness, headaches, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers and or coughing. Please speak to one of our travel experts for more information on this medication.
We do not recommend this form of medication if you are planning to conceive or are pregnant.

Where is Malaria found

According to the World health Organisation more than half of the world population was at risk of malaria in 2015, and continues to rise since. Most malaria cases and deaths are recorded in sub-Saharan Africa. However, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are also at risk. Malaria is prominent in the tropical and subtropical terrains, mostly those along the equatorial belt.

Global Risk

More than half of the world population (WHO est. 2015)

Areas with highest risks

Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East with rising cased in the Mediterranean.

10 Facts about Mosquitoes

  • Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on earth
  • Only female mosquitoes bite humans
  • All mosquitoes require water to breed—but not much water
  • An adult mosquito may live 5-6 months
  • Mosquitoes can smell human breath
  • Sweat helps mosquitoes choose their victims.
  • Mosquitoes feed day and night.
    • I. The bumps from mosquito bites are caused by saliva.
    • II. Malaria is caused by a parasite that lives in mosquitoes.
    • III. Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV. 

Climate influence

  • Changing risks and distribution of malaria
  • Affect diseases transmitted through water via vectors such as mosquitoes
  • malaria-carrying insects are spreading into cooler regions

Climate influence

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria Symptoms usually appear between 10 – 15 days after you’ve been bitten. The first symptoms – fever, headache, and chills– may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria. If these symptoms are not treated within 24 hours it can become fatal. Children with severe malaria frequently develop one or more of the following symptoms: severe anaemia, respiratory distress in relation to metabolic acidosis, or cerebral malaria. In adults, multi-organ involvement is also frequent. In malaria endemic areas, people may develop partial immunity, allowing asymptomatic infections to occur. However, in some cases symptoms can start almost a year later. Initially symptoms are flu-like, which includes a high temperature, headache, sweats and chills, sickness. Due to the nature of the symptoms diagnosis can be a little difficult however some versions of the disease involve four to eight hour fever cycles, where you keep going from hot to cold.

Window Phase

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria Symptoms usually appear between 10 – 15 days after you’ve been bitten.

Early Symptoms

  • The first symptoms – fever, headache, and chills– may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria.
  • If these symptoms are not treated within 24 hours it can become fatal.

Malaria in Children

Children with severe malaria are at risk of developing severe anaemia, respiratory distress, or cerebral malaria.

Malaria in Adults

Multi-organ involvement is also frequent. Adults are at risk of developing cerebral malaria

However, in some cases symptoms can start almost a year later. Initially symptoms are flu-like, which includes a high temperature, headache, sweats and chills, sickness. Due to the nature of the symptoms diagnosis can be a little difficult however some versions of the disease involve four to eight hour fever cycles, where you keep going from hot to cold. Common malaria symptoms include:

Common Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pains
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea