Travel websites will do good to educate people about the risks of malaria, with special emphasis on informing those who book for holidays in the last minute.
This advisory follows the recent cases of imported malaria in U.K travelers, who were on the way back from Gambia, a malaria endemic region and a much sought-after holiday destination..
Nowadays, travelers make use of websites to book for holidays, more-so in the last minute. This means travelers are not getting time to get a prescription for anti-malarial drugs.
The three tourists who came down with malaria had made use of the same travel website for booking good deals and had failed to take the preventative drugs. They all got severe Malaria within 2 weeks of returning home.
Doctors said , "Many travel websites and holiday brochures, including the website used by our patients, make no specific reference to the risk of contracting malaria.Travel websites need to include explicit messages about taking medical advice and effective chemoprophylaxis before travelling to malaria-endemic areas. Advice on allowing sufficient time to organize this might reduce the particular risk to people making late bookings."