Malaria is a parasitic disease that is transferred to humans and various animals by mosquitos. People with malaria usually become very ill, with shaking chills, high fever and other flu-like symptoms. It can be fatal is not treated. In 2015, there were approximately 212 million malaria cases around the world and 429,000 of those were fatal. In the U.S., as many as 1,500 cases are diagnosed every year, mostly found in those who have emigrated from or traveled to a highly infected region such as South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.
How Does Malaria Spread?
Malaria is spread when a person is bitten by a mosquito that carries the virus. There are three mosquito species that spread malaria — Anopheles quadimaculatus (East), An. Freeborni (West) and An. Pseudopunctipennis (U.S./Mexico border). These species are still present in these areas, so despite public health and economic advances, there is always a risk that malaria could be seen again in the U.S. Malaria is primarily transmitted in tropical and subtropical regions, though during warmer months, that area can be expanded.
What are the Symptoms of Malaria?
Malaria symptoms can include chills, fever, headaches, sweating, body aches, nausea, vomiting and general malaise. In countries where malaria is less common, these symptoms can appear to be a cold or flu. More severe cases of malaria can occur, which, if left untreated, may be fatal. More serious symptoms include anemia, low blood pressure, kidney failure, seizures and other neurological conditions.
Can you Protect Yourself Against Malaria?
As with all mosquito-borne illnesses, preventative measures include staying indoors, wearing protective clothing and putting on a strong insect repellent. But are there other ways to protect yourself from potentially harmful mosquito bites? Yes! You can hire a reputable company to treat your residence or commercial property and rid yourself of mosquitos completely.
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