What is Malaria?
Malaria is of the most common tropical diseases it is a serious disease and may be fatal if not diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Malaria is caused by parasites called Plasmodium, which are transmitted by some species of Anopheles mosquito. The parasites attack the liver cells and red blood cells and may cause blockage of the small blood vessels in the human body. These blockages can result in fatal complications such as cerebral malaria.
What are the symptoms of Malaria?
In the early stages, malaria symptoms are sometimes similar to those of many other infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Symptoms may include:
• Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms may appear in cycles and may come and go at different intensities and for different lengths of time. But, especially at the beginning of the illness, the symptoms may not follow this typical pattern. If you have any of the symptoms immediately consult a doctor and have the necessary investigations done.
What is the treatment for malaria?
Malaria is usually treated by using combinations of two or more anti-parasite drugs incorporated into pills that are taken before exposure (prophylactic or preventative therapy) or during infection. More serious infections are treated by IV anti-parasitic drugs in the hospital.
Ways to prevent contracting malaria
To reduce the chance of getting malaria, people should avoid visiting malaria-endemic areas, use mosquito repellents, cover exposed skin, and use mosquito netting covered areas when sleeping.
It’s a fact…
All mosquitoes need water to breed and grow. If there are any places around your home where water collects, you may be raising mosquitoes!!! Take action immediately, it can save lives.