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Malaria - a guide for seafarers

Malaria is life-threatening but preventable if appropriate precautions are taken.

Malaria is one of the world’s most common and serious tropical diseases. Malaria causes at least 1 million deaths every year, the majority of which occur in resource-poor countries.

Malaria predominantly affects Africa, South and Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. Non-immune travellers are at a substantial risk of acquiring dangerous 'falciparum' malaria. Each year as many as 30,000 travellers fall ill with malaria, so it is important for seafarers to be aware of the risks when travelling and to protect themselves against the disease.

This guide explains the risk of contracting malaria, points out high risk areas around the world and explains the symptoms, treatment and prevention methods.

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