Saturday, July 9, 2011

Malaria - Prevent it! Treat it!

According to the World Health Organization, worldwide every year more than 300 million people are infected and 1 million people will die from malaria.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease occurring in many areas of the world. It is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Malaria Symptoms:
a) Early Symptoms:
Fever, Sweats/ chills: cold shaking feeling, Headache, Body pain
b) Symptoms of moderately or severe malaria:
Nausea and vomiting, Dehydration, Diarrhea, weakness
c) Symptoms of extremely severe malaria – Medical Emergency
Extreme tiredness and weakness, looking pale, yellow eyes /skin (Jaundice), Unusual Sleepiness, fits or uncontrollable, body movement, difficulty breathing
Malaria prevention:
ü  Be aware of the risk, the incubation period, and the main symptoms.
ü  Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially between dusk and dawn.
ü  Take anti- malarial drugs to suppress infection where appropriate.
ü  Immediately seek diagnosis and treatment if a fever develops one week or more after entering an area where there is a malaria risk, and up to 3 months after departure.

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