On Monday, April 25th, LiveMD, along with the rest of the world, will be celebrating World Malaria Day. This is a day that has been designated to help spread awareness about the disease and bring focus to the countries that are affected most by Malaria.
- Almost half of the entire world’s population is at risk for contracting malaria
- 97 countries across the globe still suffer from malaria outbreaks
Last year there were 214 million reported cases of malaria
In 2015 there were 438,000 deaths resulting from this disease
89% of reported malaria cases come from Sub-Saharan Africa
The majority of malaria deaths occur in children under the age of 5
What is Malaria?
Malaria is a very dangerous, life threatening disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. These mosquitos are contaminated with a specific parasite that is then transmitted to humans and travels through the bloodstream into the liver where it multiplies and destroys a person’s red blood cells. If the disease is caught in its early stages it can usually be treated fairly easily with a course of antibiotics. Unfortunately, many of the people most affected by malaria do not have access to medical care, which is why this disease is still the cause of so many deaths worldwide.
What Are the Symptoms of Malaria?
Symptoms of malaria usually come in 6 to 10 hour cycles which repeat every second day and include:
- Seizures in young children
Advanced cases of malaria may lead to more severe symptoms such as:
- Multiple episodes of seizures or convulsions
- Loss of, or impaired consciousness
- Extreme difficulty breathing
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Abnormal bleeding
- Organ dysfunction
How Can Malaria Be Prevented?
The best way to avoid contracting malaria is to protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitos. Wear bug repellant when outside and keep your body covered as much as possible. Keep windows and doors closed to prevent mosquitos from entering inside and avoid thickly wooded areas or areas with long grass when outside.
It is also important to keep mosquito breeding to a minimum. Mosquitos will lay their eggs in still water so be sure to dump all buckets and dishes after a rainfall and ensure that there are is no standing water outside of your home.
Since malaria can be treated easily once contracted, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible once symptoms begin to appear. A visit to your doctor right away could mean the difference between life and death.
Studies are being done on malaria vaccines and it seems that they are getting close to finding the correct vaccination. Once this occurs, malaria will become a disease of the past, but until then, prevention is the best protection.
How Can I Get Involved in World Malaria Day?
Currently close to 5 billion dollars is required every year to treat and prevent malaria. Only half of that funding is available. One of the best ways that you can help is to hold a fundraiser in your local community. By spreading the word about this disease and raising funds to provide care to those who most need it you will be helping to put an end to malaria for good.
LiveMD looks forward to a world that no longer suffers from Malaria. Until then we are proud to be able to offer our services to those all over the world and especially in communities where access to sufficient health care is poor. If you suspect that you or a loved one has become infected with malaria, urgent care is the key to successful treatment. Visit www.mylivemd.com today to speak live with a qualified nurse or doctor to get the care that you deserve, right away.
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