Malaria is a tropical disease which is prevalent in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The disease is caused by a parasitic organism that enters the bloodstream via mosquito bite. The parasites travel to the liver and reproduce, causing symptoms of fever, headaches, vomiting, muscle pains and diarrhoea and, in some cases, they can result in a patient falling into a coma. Contraction of malaria is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately as it can cause coma and subsequent death without prompt diagnosis. Some patients do not show signs of the disease until weeks or months after travel but your travel should be disclosed to doctors to ensure that malaria can be ruled out.
Malaria is treated with antimalarial medication. This can also be used to prevent the disease. The length of time to treat the disease varies depending on its severity but patients are normally hospitalised for a period of time. A failure to diagnose malaria can cause the disease to progress and can result in coma or even death. However, prompt treatment means a full recovery for the majority of patients.
Prevention and testing for malaria
Preventative measures can help you avoid catching this disease. There is preventative medication available for those travelling to certain regions and you can purchase mosquito nets and sprays to keep them at bay while you are abroad. However, those who do come home with suspected malaria should be examined by a GP and given a blood test to check for the disease. You should inform your doctor of any recent travel if you are unsure whether it was a region where malaria is prevalent. If you or a family member has suffered from a failure to diagnose malaria and has complications as a result, then you may be able to win compensation where there is evidence of negligence.
How to make your claim
If you have tragically lost a loved one to malaria or you have suffered complications as a result of a failure to diagnose malaria, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a case for compensation. Although we understand that money cannot replace a loved one or take away the effects of the illness, it can help with any unforeseen expenses and can help you financially if you have been absent from work. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to an expert. We offer a no win no fee* policy so there won’t be any added expenditure to put a strain on your existing finances.