This year, April 25th marks the annual “World Malaria Day”. In today’s post, we’re going to give you a rundown on what exactly Malaria is, how to prevent it, and how you can work to end this devastating disease.
What is Malaria: As described by the CDC, Malaria is serious, and potentially deadly, disease that is caused by a plasmodium parasite that commonly infects certain types of mosquitos which feed on humans. In 2015, there were 212 million new cases of Malaria, and 429,000 deaths. One child dies from Malaria every two minutes.
Common Signs and Symptoms: Some common symptoms of Malaria can include high fevers, fatigue, chills and shivering, nausea and vomiting, a fast heart rate, or headaches.
• Be Aware of Malaria When Travelling: If you’re planning on travelling overseas, contact the CDC at (1-800-232-4636) or at (www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/index.html) to find out how the area you are travelling to is impacted, and if there are any recommended preventative measures you should be aware of
• Avoid Mosquito Bites: As mosquitos are the main culprits of the spread of Malaria, one of the best things you can do to prevent contracting the disease is to avoid potential mosquito bites. To do so, we recommend staying inside at night, wearing long…