In 2016 nearly half the world’s population were at risk of malaria.1
How do people catch this disease?
When they’re bitten by infected mosquitoes which carry the malaria parasite.1
Which countries are affected?
Most countries in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia (see map).2
What are the symptoms?
Flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, chills muscle aches and general malaise.1
How serious is the disease?
Prompt treatment means that most people recover completely. But malaria is a severe and potentially fatal disease, so quick diagnosis and treatment are vital. Severe cases can lead to Seizures, confusion, renal failure, acute respiratory failure, coma and death.3
Can I reduce the chances of catching the disease?
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection: