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When might there be a hitch to your cheap, last minute holiday deal?
Everyone loves a last minute holiday deal, especially if it’s a big cash saver. But if you’re planning on travelling somewhere exotic, make sure you seek proper medical advice before you go, no matter how last minute your departure is.
Doctors have called for travel websites offering late deals to destinations where malaria is a risk to carry clear warnings, reports the BBC. Three UK citizens who had returned from winter sun holidays in The Gambia had to be treated at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for the most serious form of malaria, falciparum malaria last week. It can prove fatal if left untreated.
Dr. John Widdrington said ‘Travel websites need to include explicit messages about taking medical advice and effective chemoprophylaxis before travelling to malaria endemic areas. The time to think about what health precautions you may need to take is before you book.’
Some malaria tablets need to be taken for a couple of weeks before travelling to an affected area, so not only do you need to find out about the area you will be travelling to, but also make sure you leave enough time to see a doctor, either your own GP or one at a travel clinic.
Visit the Foreign Office website http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/ make sure you follow their advice, then enjoy your holiday!