28 Flixton Road
Urmston, Manchester,
M41 5AA

Tel: 0161 747 2277
Fax: 0161 747 7855
Email: info@malcolmspharmacy.co.uk

Our opening hours are 7am - 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am - 7pm Sunday

Malaria Prophylaxis

Malaria is a very common illness in many parts of the world, being caught from infected mosquitoes. The main symptom of malaria is usually a fever and it can be a serious, sometimes fatal illness. Each year, between 1500 and 2000 people are diagnosed with malaria on their return to the UK. Anyone visiting a malarious area can become infected. In 2005, there were 11 deaths from malaria in the UK.

The mosquitoes that carry malaria (and Japanese Encephalitis) bite from dusk until dawn. However, other mosquitoes that bite during the day can transmit other serious diseases such as yellow fever and dengue fever. There is an effective vaccine against yellow fever but for dengue fever, mosquito bite prevention is the only method of reducing the risk of infection.

However, deaths and illness due to malaria are avoidable. The Health Protection Agency has issued simple preventative measures:

  1. Awareness and Advice
  2. Bite prevention
  3. Chemoprophylaxis (malaria tablets)
  4. Diagnosis (consult your GP on your return if you have any concerns)

Preventing Bites