Malaria is a disease found in many areas of the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and India. It is caused by the plasmodium parasite and transmitted via mosquito bite. Symptoms of malaria include fever, muscle aches, headache, fatigue and vomiting - but it can lead to fatal complications if untreated.
If you’re traveling to a place where the risk of contracting malaria is high, it is essential to take anti-malaria medication for prevention and treatment. Malarone, Lariam and Doxycycline are all effective anti-malaria treatments.
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Lariam is used to prevent malaria with tablets taken once a week.
Malarone is a modern medicine for effectively preventing malaria and has fewer side effects.
Atovaquone and Proguanil is the generic form of Malarone, a medicine for effectively preventing malaria.
Doxycycline is an affordable medication for preventing malaria which can be started at short notice.
Malaria is a tropical disease spread mainly by female Anopheles mosquitoes infected with parasites called Plasmodium. These mosquitoes tend to bite at dusk or during the night time, injecting the parasite into the human bloodstream.
Symptoms of malaria include a high fever, headache, sweating, chills, vomiting, muscle pains, and diarrhoea. A single bite from an infected mosquito is enough to contract the disease, but the symptoms can show up 7-18 days after being bitten.
There is no guarantee that a malaria vaccination can prevent the disease; it can just reduce the chances. However, there are several drugs available such as Malarone, Mefloquine (branded as Lariam), and Doxycycline that can be used to treat a malarial infection.
Prevention is always better than cure so, alternatively, you can stay away from stagnant water, make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations if you are entering an area where malaria is endemic, and use insect repellents and mosquito nets as precautions.
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