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Do you know all you should about malaria? World First Travel Insurance is here to help you arm yourself with a little knowledge before you next pack your bags. 

Headaches. Vomiting. Fever. Malaria is the last thing you need on your holiday. In fact, there’s not much worse for ruining a break than a disease that still kills over 400,000 people annually.

Yes, it’s curable if caught in time. Much better than that however is that malaria is preventable. We recommend arming yourself with a little knowledge and some sensible precautions before you next pack your bags.

What is malaria?

A sub-tropical disease that infects the bloodstream, carried by an uninvited holiday partner no one wants to share a sunbed with: a plasmodium. It’s a parasite attacks the red blood and liver cells. If left untreated, it can kill.

How is malaria transmitted?

Mosquitoes, those pesky airborne blood-suckers, are the root cause of infection. A bite from the female Anopheles carries the parasite, passing the disease straight to the bloodstream. It’s a process that can occur before you’ve even noticed and will most likely happen when you’re tucked up asleep.

What are the symptoms of malaria?

Fever, sweats, diarrhoea and muscle pains are the big ones to look out for. Usually occurring within days of infection, although malaria can lay dormant for months before taking hold.

Where are you at risk of contracting malaria?

It’s probably not at the very top of your getaway checklist, but precautions against the tropical infection should be a high priority for anyone travelling to a country where it is prevalent. Malaria is more widespread, though not confined to, hotter climes and tropical parts of the world such as Africa, South America and large parts of Asia. Check the list, and complete the necessary preparations before you pack your suitcase.

How can you prevent malaria?

Before you even begin thinking about your holiday outfits, get yourself booked into your local GP to discuss anti-malarial medication. This tablet-based medication is effective in over 90% of cases, yet half of UK adults don’t protect themselves before they fly off on holiday.

It’s also important to obtain a travel insurance policy that includes reliable cover for medical expenses. Should the unexpected happen and you contract malaria, you will need emergency medical attention. That can be expensive in foreign countries, so you won’t want to foot the bill yourself.

A little prep, a lot of peace of mind

A little preparation can prevent your dream holiday turning into a nightmare. Take action against malaria before you get to the airport and you can turn your attention to a relaxing break, safe in the knowledge that when it comes to malaria you have stacked the odds of safety overwhelmingly in your favour. And remember, a mosquito net isn’t the only cover that’s sensible.

Get an instant quote for cheap, comprehensive travel insurance at World-First.co.uk.

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