What is it?
Malaria is a parasite carried by mosquitos in certain areas. Symptoms can include high fever alternating with shivering, headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the abdomen and back or joint pain. Children are particularly vulnerable to complications relating to malaria, and it’s not recommended that you take small children into a malaria zone.

What to do

If you visit a malaria zone, it’s important to take precautions to prevent being bitten, such as using mosquito nets and repellent. Malaria preventative drugs should be taken – check with your doctor well in advance when and how your child should take them. If you suspect your child might have malaria, get to a doctor quickly as it can be serious. Treatment is with anti-malaria drugs and is usually effective.

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