Welcome to the Fight Malaria podcast.
My name is Julie Berry. You may recognise my voice from the London Underground, Southern Rail and other trainlines and various television adverts. I have partnered with Fight Malaria to provide you with even more information on malaria and in this episode, I will give you a short overview of what malaria is and how you can protect yourself.
So, what is malaria?
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness.
Malaria can be prevented and treated using antimalarial medicines. In some cases, an individual may be prescribed emergency standby treatment for malaria before they travel.
How can you protect yourself from it?
It is vital to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering your arms and legs, and using a mosquito net. Check whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets, and, if you do, make sure you take the right antimalarial tablets at the right dose, and finish the course.
For more information on how you can protect yourself from malaria, visit our website at: www.fightmalaria.co.uk