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UK urged to take more anti-malaria measures

Published on 02/02/2010
Brits continue to remain complacent when it comes to malaria prevention and treatment, experts warn.

Figures show that around 2,000 British travellers are affected by the disease every year, however, many people neglect to protect themselves and seek adequate care.

Jo Yirrel, an ambassador for specialist health information resource Malaria Hotspots, said: "One of the biggest problems with malaria is that it presents you with flu-like symptoms from hot and shivery, to diarrhoea, to achy all over.

"The diagnosis of malaria is a time issue. The quicker you diagnose it, the quicker you are going to get better and catch it very early."

In the past decade, there has been an approximate 190 per cent increase in travel to malarious destinations among Brits, with the UK being one of the biggest importers of the disease among industrial countries.

Malaria is transmitted between people by mosquitoes - more than 60 species have been identified as transmitting the infection.
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