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Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a serious viral infection carried by mosquitoes. It is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa and South America, and parts of Central America and the Caribbean. There is currently no cure for yellow fever and severe cases can be fatal, s...

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Everything You Need to Know About Malaria

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by parasites of the plasmodium family. If left undiagnosed and untreated, malaria can be fatal.

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When to take antibiotics

Antibiotics treat bacterial infections. However, they are often unnecessarily taken, contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. If antibiotics become ineffective, it could be the start of a global health crisis - doctors and he...

Traveller’s Diarrhoea
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Should I buy malaria tablets before I travel or when I arrive in the country?

You may have heard that malaria tablets are less expensive if you buy them in the country you are travelling to. However, malaria tablets need to to be taken one day to three weeks before you travel. So if you wait until you arrive in a country to ob...

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Can I take malaria tablets and alcohol?

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is unlikely to affect anti-malarial medication. But if you drink excessively, you may affect how the medication metabolised by the body. The way the medication is metabolised means that you may reduce the effectiv...

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Mosquito avoidance tips

Mosquito bites are a common problem for travellers. At best, they are merely irritating as their bites are usually very itchy or sore. Scratching mosquito bites can result in marking of the skin, and potentially more permanent scarring. However, in c...

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Do I need malaria tablets if I use a mosquito net and repellent?

This depends on which country you travel to. If you are travelling to a low-risk area, a mosquito net and repellent should be adequate. But in higher risk areas, malaria tablets should be used alongside mosquito avoidance, i.e. nets and repellent. Mo...

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Can you get altitude sickness on a plane?

Altitude sickness is caused by the low oxygen levels in the air at high altitude. Altitude sickness usually manifests after 6-24 hours at high altitude (over 3000m). Therefore, in a plane you are usually not at high altitude long enough to suffer fro...

Altitude Sickness