Imogen Clarke, DTM&H, MRCP, is specialist registrar (infectious diseases/ microbiology) at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust.
Malaria: clinical features and preventionSubscription
Malaria is a mosquito-transmitted parasitic infection that can cause the destruction of red blood cells, leading to severe illness and death. Taking antimalarials can reduce the risk of infection
Malaria treatment is guided by the species of parasite infecting the patient. Combination therapy is required to help eradicate the parasite and prevent the development of resistance to antimalarials.