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If you’re not familiar with the devastating effects of the Malaria disease, here’s some important information.
What is Malaria?
Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that carries a specific type of parasite. When you get bit, the parasite enters your bloodstream.
If the parasite enters your body, it most likely will travel to your liver where they can mature over time. Once mature, the parasites enter the bloodstream and infect the red blood cells. Within 48 to 72 hours, the parasites inside the red blood cells multiply, causing the infected cells to burst.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), estimates that in 2015 over 200 million cases of malaria were reported worldwide resulting in 429,000 deaths, mostly in children in and around Africa.
In the United States, around 1,700 cases of malaria are reported every year. The majority of these are travelers and immigrants returning from countries where malaria transmission occurs, many from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Malaria symptoms typically develop within ten days to four weeks following the infection. Common symptoms of include:
Shaking and chills
Life-threatening complications from malaria include:
Swelling of blood vessels of the brain
Breathing problems and pulmonary edema
Kidneys, liver or spleen failure
Treatment for this disease is usually provided in a hospital. A doctor will prescribe medications based on the type of parasite. As mentioned, there are some types of malaria where the parasite can live in your body for an extended period. They can actually reactivate at a later date and cause a relapse of the infection. If this occurs, your doctor can give you another round of medication to prevent another episode in the future.
As of today, there’s no vaccine to prevent malaria. So talk to your doctor about long-term prevention if you’re traveling to an area where malaria is common.
The Good News
It is a preventable and treatable disease. The goal of treatment is to ensure the rapid and full elimination of the parasite from the patient’s blood. Treatment objectives are a reduced transmission of the infection to others, by preventing the emergence and spread of resistance to medicines.
Support Malaria No More
Insectek will continue to donate a portion of our profits to Malaria No More.
Because like us, MNM envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite.
More than a decade into the mission, their work has contributed to historical progress toward eliminating the malaria disease worldwide. Even so, malaria remains one of the top killers of children under five and is a major cause of poverty and inequality in Africa.
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