Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease that is spread from the bite of an infected female mosquito. It is known to be one of the leading causes of disease and death around the world, with over 200million new cases every year and over 627,000 deaths worldwide. It is currently found in more than 100 countries worldwide, with almost half of those being in Africa. Travellers catch Malaria from mosquito bites that are infected with parasites called Plasmodium. There are five different types of Plasmodium, which are falciparum, vivax, ovale, malariae and knowlesi. The most dangerous is Falciparum, however any type of Plasmodium can cause serious illness. The graphic below shows how serious the issue is worldwide and how important it is to take protection when travelling to high risk countries.