Malaria is spread by just one bite from a mosquito that is carrying the parasite.
If you are travelling abroad and think you might be visiting an area which has malaria, you should consult a doctor before you travel and make sure you read about how best to protect yourself.
Some of the countries that British people most commonly catch malaria are Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Cameroon but over half of all the countries in the world are affected by malaria. Take a look at this world map showing where you can catch malaria
Useful websites for travellers are:
You can also read more in a report launched in April 2011 which showed a 30% increase in the number of British people who have caught malaria since 2008.
If you live in a country which has malaria, you need to sleep under a bed net, use insecticide sprays and make sure you get tested and treated for malaria if you fall sick.
Watch this short film about Bite Prevention
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