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Malaria symptoms and treatment

Malaria in Ireland

Ireland continues to have of the highest incidence of imported malaria in Europe. 
The right anti-malaria tablet provides good protection.

Don’t forget that you may also need vaccines and other health advice from a GP or travel clinic.
There are a number of different anti-malaria tablets on the market.


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Malaria symptoms start out similar to flu. Symptoms include fever, shivers, sweating, backache, joint pains, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea & sometimes delirium.

These symptoms may take a week or more to develop after you have been bitten by an infected mosquito.

Seek medical advice if you get malaria symptoms for up to a year after exposure, even after taking anti-malarial tablets.

  Treatment 1 Treatment 2
Brand name Malarone or generic non-branded Many different
Dosage 250mg atovaquone/100mg proguanil. One tablet daily 100mg tablet once daily
When to start 2 days before entering malaria area 2 days before entering malaria area
When to stop 1 week after leaving malaria area 4 weeks after leaving malaria area
No. of tablets for one week trip 16 37
Common side effects Intestinal upset, headache Intestinal upset, increased sensitivity to sunlight, allergies including anaphylaxis