Scientists at the University of Michigan, USA, have published research in the journal, Science, which suggests that warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes. The research found that people living in higher areas of Africa and South America are, during hotter years, at an increased risk of catching the disease. Researchers believe that as a result of temperature rises, there may be millions of additional case of malaria in some areas.
This research is important for travellers who should always seek the latest advice about the prevalence of malaria in the areas to which they are travelling and which anti-malaria medication is recommended in those areas.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It is caused by parasites that are transmitted into the blood through bites from infected mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable but in 2012, malaria killed an estimated 627,000 people. A child dies of malaria every minute in Africa.
Travellers from malaria-free zones are very vulnerable to the disease when they get infected. In 2012, there were an estimated 207 million cases, 1400 of which occurred in the UK.
Resistance to anti-malarial drugs is of great concern and that is why obtaining advice about which drugs are most appropriate for the itineraries of travellers is so important. Even those visiting friends and family in countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should check about the risk of malaria.
So if you are planning a trip to an exotic location, where better than to get up-to-date information about the latest recommendations to keep the risk of malaria to a minimum than your online pharmacy. We can advise on which anti-malarial drugs are best for you, and can provide an online consultation with a doctor should a prescription be required.
For full details of our consultation service and more information about treatment options please visit our Malaria Prevention and Treatment page.