Are you heading to a tropical country or a remote island? Then it’s important to bring a complete emergency medical kit with you. Aside from the first aid supplies, your medical kit should also include anti-malarial tablets. Here's why…
Malaria is prevalent in 100 countries across the globe
Malaria is transmitted when a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. While Africa is the continent with the highest incidence of malaria, the World Health Organisation found risk areas in many tropical and sub-tropical countries over the world. In fact, nearly half of the world's current population is exposed to this deadly infection.
Malaria can lead to death
Malaria infection has a wide range of symptoms and effects. An infected person can get mild to rare symptoms like headache, high fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea. Left untreated, malaria can cause death. This infection is a serious health problem with over 1.5 to 3.7 million deaths recorded annually.
The risk of getting this deadly infection is great that you should not take it lightly. Even if the country you are visiting has a low malaria infection rate, it is still advisable to take anti-malarial medication prescribed by your doctor as a preventive measure. Should there be any symptom of malaria infection upon returning home, seek medical advice immediately.
Two treatment options include Doxycycline and Malarone. Both are effective anti-malarial antibiotics and must be taken 2 days prior to your trip. Doxycycline must be continuously taken for four weeks while Malarone must be taken a week after leaving the malarial area.
Both are available for purchase from online pharmacies for your convenience. Reputable online pharmacies also offer doctor consultation and prescription services before allowing you to buy malaria tablets online. That way, a licensed GP can prescribe the right medicine according to your medical history.