Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes in a range of overseas countries. There are 5 different species of malaria parasite that can cause disease in people.
Symptoms of malaria include:
• nausea and vomiting
In some cases, infection can lead to severe illness (coma, seizures, anaemia, breathing difficulties) and may be fatal if not treated appropriately.
Always speak to your travel GP at least 6 weeks before you travel overseas. Pregnant women should not travel to regions where malaria is present, and parents should avoid taking young children to areas where there is a substantial risk of infection. If travel cannot be avoided, it is important to take anti-malarial medication to prevent infection. Your travel doctor will advise you if this treatment is necessary and can provide recommendations on the best anti-malarial treatment for your destination and length of time away.
The risk of infection is particularly high if you are traveling to Africa, Central and Southern America, the Pacific or south-east Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and southern Vietnam. The risk of infection remains substantial in a number of other popular travel destinations in Asia, Central and South America.