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Prevent Malaria


Malaria is a global crisis. This mosquito-transmitted disease has become the leading cause of death in children and adults. Malaria is a serious disease, which in the worst case may be fatal. It’s widespread in tropical and subtropical areas.
The malaria parasite, Plasmodium, is a small, single-cell organism that lives as a parasite in man and a specific species of mosquito (Anopheles).There are four different types of malaria parasite: Plasmodium falciparum is the cause of fatal malaria, while Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale and Plasmodium malariae cause more gentle types of malaria. Falciparum malaria can kill, but the other forms are much less likely to prove fatal.
Malaria is passed on by the female mosquito (Anopheles), which bites the person who has malaria parasites in their blood. Hence with time the infection starts to spread in our bodies, which ultimately leads to the visible symptoms of malaria.
Prevent Malaria

 

Malaria can be easily prevented with an A, B, C and D. Confused? Prevention for malaria requires:

 

 

Awareness of risk
Bite avoidance
Chemoprophylaxis (taking preventive medicines if you are travelling to or living in a malaria region)
Diagnosis made promptly with early treatment of an infected case

 

If a person is infected with the parasite then the symptoms usually appear about 12 to 14 days after infection. People with malaria may display the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills and sweats
  • Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting (these symptoms only appear sometimes)
  • Headache
  • High fevers
  • Low blood pressure causing dizziness if moving from a lying or sitting position to a standing position (also called orthostatic hypotension)
  • Muscle aches
  • Poor appetite

 

Malaria is curable and preventable. It is important for us to adopt precautions and seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid the attack of malarial parasite. Following are some simple tips you can use to eradicate this serious disease and protect yourself when you travel to different places

  1. Apply insect repellent to your skin

 

  1. Use bed-nets when sleeping in areas infested with mosquitoes

 

  1. Use insecticides and sprays to reduce the chances of malaria

 

  1. Avoid camping or spending prolonged amount of time in areas where water is still.

 

  1. Open vessels of drinking water must be covered and pots and pans should be emptied of water

 

  1. Wear long sleeved clothing

 

  1. Stay in doors where proper precautionary measures are implemented
Malaria
Malaria is a deadly disease that starts with a single bite of a mosquitoes but if let untreated may lead to fatal consequences. So, if you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms to coming up, immediately seek medical help. Furthermore, apply the simple preventive methods to end malaria!



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