As mosquito control experts, we know that in addition to being an annoyance, mosquitoes carry deadly diseases, the most prevalent being malaria. Malaria was eradicated in the US over 50 years ago. However, over 250 million Africans contract malaria each year, resulting in the death of over 2,000 children every single day, mostly under the age of five.
Several years ago, Mosquito Squad forged a relationship with Malaria No More, a nonprofit with the goal of ending malaria deaths in Africa. While we fight the bite everyday as a convenience for our clients here at home, we understand that for many, the fight against the bite is far, far more important — it is literally a matter of life and death.
Who is Malaria NO MORE?
Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths. They are helping the world get it done by engaging leaders, rallying the public, and delivering life-saving tools and education to families across Africa.
What is Malaria?
THE ANOPHELES 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.
THE MALARIA PARASITE
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.
Rapid-diagnostic tests (RDTs) are expanding the world’s ability to confirm malaria cases, ensuring that people get the right treatment when and where they need it.
Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the frontline treatment for malaria. A full course of life-saving malaria treatment costs just $1 and cures a child in one to three days.
Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLINs) prevent malaria by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when transmissions occur, and can cover two people per net.
Just $1 can save a life.
Over the last three years, Mosquito Squad’s efforts have saved nearly 100,000 lives. In January 2014, we launched what we like to call Dread’s Challenge: a three-year initiative to save an additional 250,000 lives.
Please help us reach our goal by donating at SwatMalaria.net. Again, every $1 contribution funds the delivery and administration of a malaria test and the medicine to successfully treat the disease and save a life.
Mosquito Squad: Saving lives — 250,000 of them!