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Malaria

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Introduction
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If malaria is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
Symptoms of malaria
Symptoms of malaria can develop as quickly as seven days after you are bitten by an infected mosquito.
Causes of malaria
Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. The parasite can be spread to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
Antimalarial medication
Antimalarial medication is used to prevent and treat malaria.
Complications of malaria
Malaria is a serious illness which can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated quickly, particularly in pregnant women, babies, young children and the elderly.
Preventing malaria
There is a significant risk of getting malaria if you travel to an affected area. It is therefore very important that you take precautions to prevent it.
"I was so weak, I couldn't even pick up a glass"
Unlike many travellers, Alex Beard was careful to take precautions against getting bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito.
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