Malaria is a tropical disease found in more than 100 countries around the world. It is spread to humans through mosquitoes and, if left untreated, can be fatal. Symptoms include a high temperature, vomiting, sweats and chills, muscle pain, headaches and diarrhoea. In 2010 there were an estimated 216 million cases causing 655,000 deaths around the world. Of those figures 1,700 UK travellers were diagnosed with the disease upon returning home and seven of those people died.
With such a huge number of people being affected by this disease it’s no wonder that the World Health Organisation have a day dedicated to raising awareness of it, which is today, Thursday the 25th of April.
More and more people travel to more exotic, far flung locations for their holidays so it’s important to raise awareness of the dangers of this disease as it can be easily avoided. You may be surprised by some of the places where Malaria is a risk so make sure that you check wherever you are going.
People going backpacking often choose to visit many of these locations and therefore this group of travellers need to be made aware of this.
Malaria is found in more than 100 countries including:
Follow these simple steps to reduce the risk of getting Malaria and ensuring that you are treated quickly if you are infected
Choosing your Travel Insurance purely on price is not advisable. You need to make sure that you check the schedule of benefits before purchasing the policy to ensure that the level of cover meets your requirements. Then, once you’ve purchased your policy, you should read through all the policy documentation to ensure that the cover being provided is suitable for your individual circumstances.
With Kestrel Travel Insurance you have a 14 day cooling off period (for annual cover this is providing that you don’t go on holiday within that time and for single trip cover this is providing that the date of departure isn’t within this time) so if the policy doesn’t meet your needs you can get a refund.
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