Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal parasitic infection.
This disease is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Following an infection, symptoms can take from one week to several months to occur. Typically, they are often similar to the flu, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling generally unwell
To prevent malaria, it is important to take precautions in order to avoid bites of infected mosquitoes. Protect yourself by applying an insect repellent that contains diethyltoluamide (DEET). Consult your pharmacist for selection, concentration or if it is for a child. Also wear light-colored clothing, avoid using scented products and sleep under a mosquito net or in a place protected by nets or windows.
Treatments for malaria
There is no vaccine to prevent malaria infection. However, there are some prescription drugs that can protect us in case of contamination. To be effective, this treatment must be taken before departure, during the trip and upon return from the region at risk.
Going on a trip? Don't forget to consult your pharmacist!
Your pharmacist can tell you if your destination is a malaria risk area. So consult with this professional so that he or she can assess whether or not you need to be prescribed malaria prevention medication.