Malaria is a disease which remains a risk to many travellers to tropical and subtropical regions including South America , Asia, and Africa. It is spread by mosquito bites and can lead to hallucinations, coma, or death. For this reason it is very important to take the necessary measures to make sure you and your family are protected when you go on holiday to those more exotic places.
Before you set off on your adventure, stock up on some good insect repellent and mosquito nets, but above all, make sure to visit your GP
, practice nurse, or travel health clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure
. They will set you up with a course of antimalarial tablets and give you information about further prevention and treatment.
For further travel health advice on medical treatment abroad as well as reduced-cost and free medical treatment in Europe, read the NHS leaflet Health Advice for Travellers here
For additional medical information visit The Department of Health
or The National Health Service
Find travel safety and health updates for your destination on the FCO's website