Posted: April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Malaria is a serious infection. It is common in tropical countries such as parts of Africa, Asia and South America. Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite (germ) called Plasmodium that lives in mosquitoes. The parasite is passed to humans from a mosquito bite.

The most common symptom of malaria is a high fever. Malaria can also cause muscle pains, headaches, diarrhoea and a cough.

Rules Of Prevention
There is an ABCD for prevention of malaria. This is:

-A wareness of risk of malaria.
-B ite prevention.
-C hemoprophylaxis (taking antimalarial medication exactly as prescribed).
-Prompt D iagnosis and treatment.

Know you are more at risk if you are:
– under 5
– pregnant
– malnourished
– immunocompromised
– a traveller

-You should use an effective insect repellent to clothing and any exposed skin.
-If you sleep outdoors or in an unscreened room, you should use mosquito nets impregnated with an insecticide (such as pyrethroid). The net should be long enough to fall to the floor all round your bed and be tucked under the mattress. Check the net regularly for holes. Nets need to be re-impregnated with insecticide every six to twelve months (depending on how frequently the net is washed) to remain effective.
-If practical, you should try to cover up bare areas with long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing, long trousers and socks – if you are outside after sunset – to reduce the risk of mosquitoes biting.
-Sleeping in an air-conditioned room reduces the likelihood of mosquito bites, due to the room temperature being lowered. Doors, windows and other possible mosquito entry routes to sleeping accommodation should be screened with fine mesh netting.
– You should spray the room before dusk with an insecticide (usually a pyrethroid) to kill any mosquitoes that may have come into the room during the day. If electricity is available, you should use an electrically heated device to vaporise a tablet containing a synthetic pyrethroid in the room during the night.

– The burning of a mosquito coil is not as effective.
-Herbal remedies have not been tested for their ability to prevent or treat malaria and are therefore not recommended.
-Likewise, there is no scientific proof that homoeopathic remedies are effective in either preventing or treating malaria, and they are also not recommended.

-Antimalarial medication helps to prevent malaria. The best medication to take depends on the country you visit. This is because the type of parasite varies between different parts of the world. Also, in some areas the parasite has become resistant to certain medicines.

On a final note, please protect youself and your loved ones from malaria. No Mosquito No Malaria!

Happy World Malaria Day!

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