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 CAN BE PREVENTED AND TREATED!
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
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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