Malaria is a disease of the blood that is caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted from person to person by a particular type of mosquito.
- The female Anopheles mosquito is the only mosquito that transmits malaria.
- She primarily bites between the hours of 9pm and 5am, which is why sleeping under a mosquito net at night is such an important method of prevention.
There are more than 100 species of malaria parasite. The most deadly – and most common in Africa – is known as Plasmodium falciparum.
- Once the parasite enters the human body, it lodges itself in the liver where it multiplies approximately 10,000 times.
- Two weeks after entering the body, the parasite bursts into the blood stream where it begins infecting red blood cells.
- Symptoms begin 10 days to 4 weeks after infection, although a person may feel ill as early as 7 days later.
- Symptoms include fever, headache and vomiting.
HOW IT KILLS
- If drugs are not available or if the parasites are resistant to them, malaria infection can develop to anemia, hypoglycemia or cerebral malaria, in which capillaries carrying blood to the brain are blocked.
- Cerebral malaria can cause coma, life-long-learning disabilities, and death.
TRAVELERS AND MALARIA
- Malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in 1951, however, 1,500 cases are still diagnosed here annually, caused by returning travelers.
- If traveling to a malaria-risk country, consult your health-care provider on appropriate malaria prevention interventions, like antimalarial drugs.
- Travelers that become ill with flu-like symptoms, either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after returning home, should seek immediate medical attention and share their travel history.
- For more information, visit the Centers of Disease Control.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT MALARIA
Malaria is one of the top killers of kids on the planet – more than 1400 children lose their lives to the disease every day. But, malaria is preventable and curable and we have the tools – like rapid diagnostic tests and life-saving malaria treatments – to bring an end to these senseless deaths. Join Power of One today to help ensure no child dies from a mosquito bite for lack of a one dollar treatment.
THE POWER OF ONE… IS YOU
Power of One (Po1) is a collaboration between Malaria No More, its partners and YOU to end malaria deaths – one dollar and one child at a time. Malaria kills a child every minute, but Power of One lets you stop the clock by donating one dollar to provide a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa. So no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ve never been closer to saving a life.
One dollar given. One child saved. That’s the Power of One.
HOW CAN I SAVE MORE LIVES?
Our mobile-friendly Power of One website – Po1.org – gives you the tools to seamlessly track your impact, see how your treatments are changing lives on-the-ground in Africa, and recruit your friends to increase your “Network Impact.”
Mosquito Squad of Victoria donates a portion of every new customer’s first spray to Malaria No More. Help us to continue the effort…spread the word.