World Malaria Day – 25th April, 2010

World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on 25th of April to raise awareness about Malaria, which is responsible for the death of a child after every 30 seconds. This year’s theme for World Malaria Day is ‘Counting Malaria Out’.

What is Malaria?
Malaria is a disease caused by the bite of a mosquito infected with microorganism, Plasmodium.

Facts & Figures
  • About 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria.
  • It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than 1 million.
  • People living in the developing countries are the most vulnerable.
  • Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease.

 What are the Symptoms?
  • Fever with chills
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Pain in Limbs & Back

How it is Diagnosed & Treated?

Your local doctor is the best to diagnose & treat you. The main thing is to take the medications exactly as prescribed and not to miss a single dose.

How it is Prevented?

Malaria is a preventable disease & the secret lies in promoting cleanliness.
  • Keep your area free of stagnant water. Either fill up the watery holes or sprinkle used Mobil oil on them.
  • Keep your homes mosquito free by netting the windows & regular fumigation.
  • Use insecticide treated bed nets in case of sleeping in open air.
  • Do not throw garbage near your residence. It should be properly disposed.

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