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Cheryl Cole Hospitalised with Malaria

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Cheryl Cole is reportedly now on the mend after an unpleasant encounter with the highly infectious disease, malaria. The Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge contracted the potentially fatal infection while on a trip to Tanzania, and became seriously ill as a result. Cheryl is one of hundreds of British tourists returning home each year with malaria.

Malaria

How malaria is contracted

Malaria is a vector-borne disease, transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. When an infected mosquito bites you, it passes the malaria parasite into your bloodstream. The parasite then makes its way to your liver, where it multiplies before heading back into your bloodstream and invading your red blood cells. Symptoms include fever, shivering, sweating, anaemia, aches and pains, vomiting and diarrhoea. Malaria can kill you.

Malaria profileration

Malaria is found in many parts of the world, and people should be aware of malaria ‘hotspots’ so they can take steps to protect themselves. Malaria is transmitted in areas of South America, Africa, and Asia. So what can travellers do if they want to avoid ending up in hospital with malaria like Cheryl Cole? Read in full

Malarone tablets to prevent malaria

Malarone and generic Malarone

In the UK malarone is a prescription only medicine. This means Malarone tablets are not available without a prescription, except from some pharmacists using ‘patient group directions’ (a form of exception for the need for a prescription). Most pharmacists still require a prescription before Malarone can be supplied.

Doctors, or nurses and pharmacists with specialist travel medicine training, write the prescriptions. Usually there is a charge of between £10.00 to £25.00 for writing a prescription. The cost is set by the prescriber.

Dr Fox provides Malarone tablets at a low cost. Prices shown on the Dr Fox malaria tablets page.

Update March 2013: Malarone is Glaxo’s brand name for a medicine called atovaquone/proguanil. In February 2013, following a challenge to Glaxo’s patent, non-branded ‘generic malarone’ sold as atovaquone/proguanil became available as a UK licensed medicine. Malarone and atovaquone/proguanil are medically the same. Read in full