Travellers urged not to forget malaria potential abroad

10 February 2010 13:37

Travellers urged not to forget malaria potential abroad

Travellers jetting off to tropical countries this year have been urged not to be complacent about malaria.

Jo Yirrel, an ambassador for Malaria Hotspots, warned Brits that there is often an attitude among holidaymakers that it will not happen to them, even though it affects 2,000 people from the UK every year.

She insisted that taking the prescribed medication and using precautions such as mosquito repellent is vital when it comes to keeping the disease at bay.

"Everybody who's going to a malaria destination, which is in Asia and mainly … sub-Saharan Africa, must go and see their health professional, take their course of tablets and finish them," Jo commented.

Although not wanting to scare travellers and pointing out that malaria is easily preventable if you stick to these rules, she added that the disease can be fatal.

Malaria Hotspots states that there has been a 190 per cent increase in travel to malarious destinations amongst British travellers in the last ten years.

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