Going somewhere exotic? If you are, make sure to look at the Malaria Hotspots website, full of essential information for travellers:
- Between 1990-2009, every year approximately 1,800 British travellers return home with malaria. The UK is one of the biggest importers of malaria in Europe.
- The most severe form of malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) accounted for 79% of cases amongst British travellers in 2009.
- Malaria is a preventable infection but can be fatal if left untreated – an average of nine people die each year from malaria in the UK.
- Malaria is transmitted by infected mosquitos. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to contract malaria.
The Malaria Hotspots website is an educational initiative organised and funded by GlaxoSmithKline Travel Health.