Every year, on 25 April, World Health Organization commemorates the world malaria day with the hope to prevent widespread transmitted disease and find techniques and prevention methods to whittle down malaria to zero.
Every year more than 400,000 people die from the deadly disease, which is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. To prevent malaria, WHO has made the theme this year-“Ending malaria for good”. With its theme WHO is focusing and leveraging on prevention methods with the help of using nets and spraying insecticide indoors.
What is malaria?
An acute life threatening illness which is transmitted through the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquitoes. It only requires one bite from the insects to get the parasites.
Malaria flu is similar to other flu that includes a high temperature, sweats, shiver, body pain and severe headache. Mostly symptoms depend on the type of parasite a body is infected with. Sometimes it may take 15 to 20 day to show its symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
1- High temperature
2- Chills and shiver
3- Drowsiness and irritability
4- Loss of appetite
5- Stomach and vomiting
6- Dry cough
8- Spleen enlargement
9- Back pain
Who is at high- risk of malaria?
A Large part of the population is at higher risk than others. They are more prone to contracting malaria such as pregnant women, infants, children under five years of age. People who migrate from one place to others are also more susceptible to get in contact with mosquitoes that causes illness.
Life cycle of malaria parasites-
It is highly advisable to consult your doctor as soon as you suspect any above-mentioned symptoms.
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