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World Malaria Day 2017

maleriya2017 04 25Malaria cases are decreasing but there is still work to be done to eradicate the disease entirely.
 
 
That’s the aim of the World Health Organisation and other public health groups this World Malaria Day.
Around 400,000 people die each year from various strains of the disease, which is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.

The hope is that with widespread implementation of prevention techniques this figure can be whittled down to zero.



When is Malaria Day 2017?

Malaria Day is every year on April 25.


What is the date all about?

World Malaria Day is all about celebrating the successes there have been in the drive to eradicate malaria from the world as well as raising awareness of the disease and its prevention.
What is this year’s theme?gettyimages2017

This year the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made ‘ending malaria for good’ its theme for World Malaria Day 2017.

For its theme WHO is demonstration prevention methods including using nets and spraying insecticide indoors.
 
 
 
 
 
 


What is malaria?Life Cycle of the Malaria Parasite2017

A tropical disease which is spread by infected female anopheles mosquitoes. It only takes one bite from the insects to get the bug.

Around 400,000 die from the disease every year. Worldwide there are around 212 million cases.
 
 
Tackling malaria is improving with a 29% drop in mortality rates between 2010 and 2015 and a 21% global decrease in cases.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are the symptoms?Symptoms of Malaria2017

They are similar to flu and include a high temperature, sweats and chills, muscle pains and headaches. They usually appear 10-15 days after being bitten.

But depending on the type of parasite you are infected with, it can take a year for symptoms to show.

In tropical regions of the world, such as areas of Africa and Asia, Central and South America as well as parts of the Middle East and Far East.


Malaria caused by the falciparum parasite is the most serious, and can lead to breathing problems, liver failure, coma and eventual death.


Who is most at risk?
 
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In areas with high malaria concentration, pregnant women and children are most at risk of contracting the disease.
In 2015, more than two thirds of deaths (70%) from malaria were of children under the age of five, according to WHO.

How do you prevent it?
 
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Avoid being bitten as much as possible using nets over places of sleep, avoiding areas with lots of mosquitos such as watering holes, using insecticide and bugs spray and taking anti-malarial tablets.

Is malaria common in the UK?


Every year approximately 2,000 British travellers return home with the disease.
 
 
 
By -Metro 

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