Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to become infected. Malaria can also be spread through blood transfusions and the sharing of needles, but this is very rare.
It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of malaria if you’re travelling to areas where there’s a high risk of the disease. Symptoms include:
Symptoms usually appear between 7 and 18 days after becoming infected, but in some cases the symptoms may not appear for up to a year, or occasionally even longer. If malaria is diagnosed and treated promptly, virtually everyone will make a full recovery. Treatment should start as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed.