Anyone heading to destinations where there is a threat of malaria – for example those going on holidays to India – should take precautions to ensure they do not fall victim to the disease, one expert has said.

Anyone heading to destinations where there is a threat of malaria – for example those going on holidays to India – should take precautions to ensure they do not fall victim to the disease, one expert has said.

Jo Yirrel, speaking on behalf of malariahotspots.co.uk, said her main warning to travellers is to always seek advice from a health professional and follow it.

“Always take your antimalarials [and] always take the advice that you are given, because if you do, you’ll probably come back from your holiday or your travelling very healthy and fine,” she urged.

According to a study conducted on behalf of the Malaria Awareness Campaign by Gapyear.com, 33 per cent of those on gap years did not take their antimalarials, while 41 per cent did not sleep under a mosquito net.

In addition, ten per cent did not even use simple prevention methods such as mosquito repellent, despite the fact that 2,000 British travellers every year return home with the disease, malariahotspots.co.uk reports.

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