April 25, 2013 is this years World Malaria Day. Malaria is a concern in over 100 countries all over the world. Travellers are reminded to seek travel health advice prior to travel to risk area to learn about malaria prevention.
Malaria is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. The bite allows tiny parasites to enter the bloodstream. This particular mosquito tends to feed between dusk and dawn; risks areas can change based on season, location and altitude. Malaria is a very serious disease; protection should be a priority when traveling to risk zones.
Principles to follow for malaria prevention include:
- Awareness of risks and symptoms
- Mosquito bite prevention: See page on Protection Against Insects Bites
- Seek travel health advice 4-6 weeks before travel to discuss possible prescriptions for anti-malarial drugs and for advice on protection
- If symptoms develop seek medical attention right away
For more information on malaria please see our page on: Malaria