DO You Know?

30 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

•    Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes who have been infected by a parasite. The disease is spread when mosquitoes feed on humans.

•    Malaria breeds mostly in warmer climates, where there is an abundance of humidity and rain.

•    Malaria exists in 103 countries worldwide, affecting 3.3. billion people, but about 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of those affected are children under the age of five.

•    Based on recent data, 59 of those 103 countries are currently meeting standards needed to reverse the incidence of Malaria.

•    In the US, about 1,500 cases of Malaria are found every year.

•    Common side effects of malaria are high fever, chills, headache, and other flu-like symptoms. Severe illness and death can normally be avoided if the disease is properly treated.

•    An infected person may start feeling symptoms anywhere from a week to a month after they are bitten. With some rarer forms of Malaria, the parasite remains dormant and an infected person will not become ill for up to 4 years.

•    Pregnant women are extremely vulnerable to malaria. If the disease is contracted during pregnancy, it can be passed to the infant or result in low birth weight, which decreases the baby’s chance of survival.

    •           Malaria is not a contagious disease. It cannot be contracted through contact with an infected person, sexually or otherwise.