Malaria occurs in Africa, Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Pacific.
People spending time outdoors, including sleeping outside, are at higher risk for malaria. There were 314 cases of Malaria reported in Australia acquired overseas, from 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012.
Malaria is a disease spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms usually appear within in 7-30 days but can take up to one year to develop. Symptoms include high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Without treatment, malaria can cause severe illness and even death.
Malaria can be prevented by a combination of taking precautions against mosquitoes, and daily medication. To see which medication best suits your itinerary, have a chat to your doctor.
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