Beware of Counterfeit Medicines
When you visit destinations that are further afield, such as Africa, it is standard practice that you are told to take Malaria drugs and have injections in preparation, to prevent you from contracting illnesses and diseases abroad.
However, shocking research conducted by The Lancet Infectious Diseases organisation has found that around 1/3 of all Malaria dugs used worldwide could be counterfeit.
Obviously this report is extremely troubling, as not only do the low quality drugs make the user more likely to contract malaria, they also make them less likely to respond to medical treatment.
The research, which was conducted in Africa and South Asia, has suggested that over three billion people are still at risk from contracting malaria. However, it is important to note that death rates from Malaria have fallen by 25% in the last 12 years.
To be on the safe side, always make sure that you get your medication from a hospital or reputable Doctor. If you are at all unsure about medication when abroad, contact www.fco.gov.uk or the British Embassy.
The only other way to make sure you are protected from illness whilst abroad is to invest in quality travel insurance before you depart. Without travel insurance you could face colossal bills if you need hospital treatment abroad, or if your possessions become lost or damaged.
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