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Keeping malaria at bay

Avoiding mosquito bites is the frontline defence against malaria. Catherine Brewer describes how
travellers can best avoid being bitten

With an estimated annual global infection rate of 350 to 500 million and approximately one million deaths1, malaria is the most serious parasitic disease in humans.2 The demand for specialist travel health advice in this area is greater than ever, especially when considering there is an estimated 16 per cent yearly increase in UK citizens travelling abroad.3, 4

With practice nurses often providing this service, it is imperative that they have a comprehensive grasp of the issues and advice surrounding malaria. Practice nurses should ensure that they are aware of and competent in promoting PHE guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK.

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