Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness.
Malaria can be prevented and treated using antimalarial medicines. In some cases, an individual may be prescribed emergency standby treatment for malaria before they travel. It is vital to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering your arms and legs, and using a mosquito net.
Check whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets, and, if you do, make sure you take the right antimalarial tablets at the right dose and finish the course.
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