Are You At Risk of Malaria? Find out now...
- Plasmodium parasites
- Transmitted through the bite of the infected female Anopheles mosquito, which is active mostly between dusk and dawn.
- Symptoms usually appear 10 to 15 days after the infected mosquito's bite.
- Sleeping under an insecticide-treated net at night
- Use a quality mosquito repellent
- Spraying the walls of homes with insecticides.
- Preventive therapies are also recommended for travellers, pregnant women, children, and infants.
- Do not store water in open containers for long periods. Stagnant water helps mosquitoes breed.
- Wear long sleeved clothes that cover arms & legs.
- Drain all sources of stagnant water in and around residential areas periodically.
- Close windows at around 5 p. m when mosquitoes become active.
- Children & pregnant women in high risk areas must be given intermittent preventive treatment, along with routine vaccines & antenatal treatment.
- Young children & pregnant women are especially susceptible to malaria infection and death.
- All age groups and genders are at risk in areas where significant immunity to malaria isn't acquired.
W.H.O recommends prompt diagnosis in people suspected of malarial infection. An effective & safe antimalarial prevents life-threatening complications.