Every year World Malaria Day is observed on the 25th
of April to spread awareness about this once-upon-a-time deadly disease. Although, with global effort and advancement in science, this vector-borne disease is now under control, yet each year over millions of malaria positive cases surface despite the prevention and control system. No doubt, the fatality rate has decreased but it still poses a threat to certain countries with a booming population. Hence, we all must have the correct knowledge about its causes, precautions, and treatments to curb the spread. Begin with knowing what are the facts and the myths about malaria.
Malaria caused by Plasmodium parasites requires only a single female Anopheles mosquito to spread. Some of the popular symptoms of this parasitic disease include high temperature, fever chills, headache, and nausea. These signs can take up to 10-15 days to show up and requires almost a month to fully recover.
Similarly, people tend to think that malaria isn’t fatal. However, it can cost you your life, if not recognised and treated in time. In fact, children and infants are more vulnerable to this disease due to a weak immune system.
People tend to believe that being infected once with this disease can make you immune to the disease for the entire lifetime. No logic can prove this assumption. People can suffer from malaria multiple times in their lives.
Staying indoor is definitely
safe against mosquito bites. However, staying in air-conditioned rooms doesn’t guarantee you protection from this deadly infection. One must also keep in mind that although Anopheles tend to be most active during the night, Aedes mosquito which can cause other dangerous diseases including Zika and Chikungunya.
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