Today, April 25th is World Malaria Day.
Just a few tips on Malaria prevention
a) In general, the best areas to stay in are cooler areas away from any stagnant water. Stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes….
Stagnant water sources such as lakes or non-running streams are especially prone to mosquitoes.
b) Use a mosquito net. Mosquito nets are lightweight, tightly-woven nets that keep mosquitoes out of your tent or bed at night. Set the net up over your sleeping area each night before you go to sleep. You can also use them to cover any open windows or doors.
Since you may not be able to find a mosquito net where you’re going, buy one to take with you when you travel.
Get dressed inside your mosquito net in the morning.
Make sure to check it regularly for tears. You might want to bring an extra net as a backup.
Buy mosquito nets treated with permethrin for the best protection.
c) Keep doors and windows closed. If possible, you should keep doors and windows tightly sealed while you’re indoors.
People who sleep outside or are exposed to the outdoors at night are at much higher risk of contracting malaria.
You may not be able to close the doors and windows if you’re in a very hot, muggy place. Whether you can or not, use a mosquito net over your bed for added protection
d) Wear long pants and sleeves. You’ll reduce the number of mosquito bites you get if you wear long pants and sleeves while you’re out and about during the day.
Bring high-quality lightweight clothing that will allow your body to breathe while protecting you from bites
e) See a doctor if you experience symptoms. If you feel sick during or after travel and are worried you were exposed to malaria, see a doctor right away. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible.
Early malaria symptoms are generally non-specific, but may include the following:
- High fever
- Shaking chills
- Profuse sweating
We can Win this war against mosquitoes!
Courtesy: MRI Medic Consulting Limited