Today is World Malaria Day!

Posted on April 25, 2011

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World Malaria Day is a great opportunity to bring awareness, promote research, and unite those who have been affected by the disease. This year the theme is “Achieving Progress and Impact”. Everyone has the chance to make a difference. Help mark this year by highlighting your progress and count the strides we collectively make towards eventually eliminating malaria. Make the lives of every man, woman and child count. Let us know what you or your company has done to battle malaria!

 
Here are some FAQ’s about Malaria provided by the National Library of Medicine :

 
What is it? Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. This disease is a major cause of death worldwide. However, the disease is mostly a problem in developing countries with warm climates. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

 
Who is at risk? Anyone can get malaria. Most cases occur in people who live in countries with malaria transmission. People from countries with no malaria can become infected when they travel to countries with malaria. Also, an infected mother can transmit malaria to her infant before or during delivery. If you are traveling to a malaria prone area, make sure to:

  • See your doctor for medicines that protect you

  • Wear insect repellent with DEET

  • Cover up

  • Sleep under mosquito netting

 

What are the symptoms? Fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) because of the loss of red blood cells. If not promptly treated, the infection can become severe and may cause kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death.

 

For more information about malaria click here, or take a look at this interactive tutorial.

 
If you would like more resources, call the Mayor’s health Line at 617-534-5050.

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