- Is malaria a real danger to British travellers?
- Unfortunately, yes. Between 1992 - 2011, on average every year, almost 1,900 people returned to the UK with malaria2.
- How can I contract malaria?
- Malaria is transmitted through certain types of mosquitoes. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to contract malaria. Please see How it spreads for more information.
- Do I really need to bother taking precautions?
- Yes, everyone is vulnerable to malaria. To help make sure you're protected, check out our "ABCD Guide".
- I've heard that the side-effects of antimalarial medications are even worse than catching malaria. Is this true?
- All medications can have side effects. So it's important to seek up-to-date advice six to eight weeks before you travel.
- I have heard that some antimalarial medications are ineffective as malaria has become resistant to them. Is this true?
- Resistance can occur. A healthcare professional will be able to provide the most up-to-date country-specific information.
- I'm only travelling to a malarious area for two days during my entire trip. Is it worth taking antimalarial medication for such a short duration?
- Yes, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to contract malaria.
- I've been given antimalarial medication which I've been told I have to keep taking, even after I get back from my trip. Is this right?
- All antimalarial medication needs to be taken before, during and after your travels.
- I've heard that eating garlic will stop me from being bitten by a mosquito and help prevent malaria. Is this true?
- No, this is one of many myths that, if believed, could put your life at risk. For a list of common malaria myths, click here.
- My friend is from Africa and he's going home to visit his family. He says he's immune to malaria. Is this possible?
- People who grow up in malarious areas may develop partial immunity to the disease. However, once they leave that area, the immunity begins to fade after
about six months and they're at risk when they return5.
- How will I know I've caught malaria?
- Please visit our symptoms page to check the signs.
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