Malaria - What is it?

Malaria is an infectious disease that is characterised by cycles of chills, fevers and sweating.1  It is common throughout many tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.1,2  There are a large number of popular tourist destinations in which malaria is common, including the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, South East Asia, Central and South America and even parts of Eastern Europe.1,2 If left untreated the infection can cause serious illness or worse, death.1  The risk of infection varies from one region to the next, and can even depend on the season of travel, the type of accommodation and the style of travel (backpacking versus hotels or guided tours).2

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