With money currently tight for many people and long-haul destinations offering better value in most cases than the eurozone, people are booking holidays to India, South Africa and Thailand in greater numbers than ever.

With money currently tight for many people and long-haul destinations offering better value in most cases than the eurozone, people are booking holidays to India, South Africa and Thailand in greater numbers than ever.

However, this could be putting them at risk of contracting malaria if they do not take better precautions that they would do for an ordinary package tour.

As part of the Malaria Awareness Campaign, Dr George Kassianos, a member of the UK Malaria Guidelines Committee, has urged anyone going to far-flung places to make sure they see their GP first to have the appropriate vaccinations.

“Deaths can occur within 24 hours of the first symptoms of the most dangerous strain of malaria, so all travellers need to recognise the importance of speaking to their GP,” he stressed.

Anyone going on holidays to India may also be interested in advice provided by the Indax health website, which states that although mosquitoes are abundant in the South Asian country, most do not carry severe diseases and can be easily repelled by sprays and nets.

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