Malaria can affect any one of us and can have fatal repercussions
According to WHO statistics, approximately half the world’s population is at risk from the disease. Malaria has received an increased amount of interest in recent months due to celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and George Clooney, having been affected by the disease. Last year alone, over 1800 Britons returned to the UK, having contracted it abroad. If you weren’t already aware, malaria can be fatal!
There were 216 million cases and 655,000 deaths from malaria in 2010 with 81 per cent of cases and 91 per cent of deaths occurring in Africa. While the statistics may be shocking, Malaria is preventable and treatable.
What can I do to protect myself and my family?
You may not even be sure whether you are flying to a high-risk zone. Certain parts of the world can carry a higher risk at different times of the year and during different seasons. The risk of malaria is greater during the Monsoon season in India, for example. Check your destination to see if malaria is a risk and visit your GP or travel clinic six to eight weeks before you leave, or as soon possible.
Express Travel Clinic offer a free consultation service, so all you have to do is call us and our travel experts will provide you with accurate and up to date information on the risks associated with you destination of choice. Alternatively, if you need anti-malarial tablets in a hurry, Express Pharmacy have an online consultation service offering the cheapest malaria tablet prices in the UK.
For further details of protecting yourself against Malaria, visit our Malaria information page.