Malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease which is caused by a parasite - You can get malaria more than once, as you do not get immunity when the course of the disease is over. Malaria can manifest itself up to 3 months after returning home.

On trips where there is a risk of malaria, malaria must be ruled out if you develop a fever. Therefore, bring a thermometer with you on the journey.

Where are you at risk of becoming infected with Malaria?

Malaria is transmitted via mosquito bites from the Anopheles mosquito, which carries the malaria parasite.

Pregnant women are at particular risk of becoming seriously ill from malaria infection, and it is therefore recommended that pregnant women avoid traveling to countries with malaria.

In which areas is malaria found?

Malaria is widespread in many tropical and subtropical countries, as the malaria parasite thrives in warm climates.

You will be advised at Medicals Rejseklinik - and must think about malaria when traveling to:

  • Africa south of the Sahara

  • South and Central America

  • Asia

  • Oceania

What are the symptoms of malaria?

Fever is the most common symptom of malaria. In addition, you can experience:

  • severe chills

  • headache

  • dizziness

  • muscle and joint pain

  • stomach problems

  • breathlessness

  • dry cough

Without malaria treatment, malaria can become life-threatening within days.

There is a more benign form of malaria, where the symptoms are not as pronounced andferrets and are rarely life-threatening.

In the beginning, it is not possible to distinguish between the benign and severe form based on the symptoms. It is therefore important to seek urgent medical attention in the event of suspicion and symptoms of malaria. This also applies up to 3 months after returning home, remember to inform your doctor if you have traveled in an area with a risk of malaria.

What treatment is available for Malaria?

Malaria can usually be treated medically, and it is crucial that the treatment is started as soon as possible.

How is Malaria prevented?

If you need malaria tablets on your trip, a prescription will be made and guidance provided at Medicals Travel Clinic. 

Good advice to minimize the risk is:

  • avoid being outside between sunrise and sunset

  • wearing clothes that cover the arms and legs

  • uses mosquito spray with up to 50% DEET

  • sleeps with an impregnated mosquito net

Which tablets are most frequently used preventively against Malaria?

The Malarone® tablet is the first choice. They are cheap and safe. You must take Malarone daily from the day before arrival, every day while you are away and until seven days after returning home.

Malarone® should be taken every day at the same time with a fatty meal. Malarone is given by weight and children will be weighed for correct dosing.