The Maralone supplement, which has been available in the UK since this week, has a very fast onset against all malaria types - usually just one day after the first dose. This reports bbc-news. Maralone thus represents an alternative to the active ingredient mefloquine, which is also commonly used for malaria prophylaxis. But taking it should be started 7 to 8 days before the trip. The drug works both in the early stages of the disease, when the disease-causing parasites are still in the liver, as well as when the pathogens spread in the bloodstream at the next stage of the disease. According to the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, it should offer 97% protection against malaria.

As the medical newspaper reports, the drug is now also approved in Germany as a prophylactic agent.
Still, about half of all Britons traveling in endemic areas do not take preventive protection against malaria seriously. Every year, around 2, 000 new malaria diseases are reported in the United Kingdom. In Germany there are about 1, 000 new malaria cases per year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) projects about 200 million cases of malaria globally each year, and programs to stem the disease have met with little success so far. Tropical physicians therefore urgently recommend prophylaxis, because illnesses are usually severe and lead to lifelong impairment or even death. Just a single bite of an infected mosquito can trigger the disease. The new drug is more expensive, but because of its rapid effect, it is an alternative for those people who can only plan their trips on short notice.

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