Wednesday 30 September, 2020

7 facts you should know about malaria

The Anopheles mosquito.

The Anopheles mosquito.

Following the announcement by the Ministry of Health that one of the nurses from Ghana had tested positive for malaria, many Barbadians voiced their concerns a their social media. 

The case was recorded with one of the male nurses out of the 95 who arrived on island recently. The patient tested negative for COVID-19. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George, assured the public there is no need to panic, stating it is unlikely for malaria to develop on the island. 

So here are seven facts about malaria you should know: 

 

  1. Only the female Anopheles mosquito carries the Malaria disease.

 

  1. Malaria is caused by a parasite called a Plasmodium. The Anopheles mosquito picks up the parasite from persons who become infected to reap the blood needed to lay their eggs.

 

  1. Malaria is not contagious. It cannot be transmitted through physical contact between humans.

 

  1. A normal malaria attack goes through three stages; the cold stage, the hot stage and the sweating stage. Symptoms include headaches, vomiting and nausea, chills, sweats and body aches.

 

  1. Malaria can be cured using prescription drugs. Treatment for the disease depends on the severity of the disease, the age of the infected persons, where these persons were infected and the species of parasite. 

 

  1. Children who are under the age of five are more susceptible to death from the virus.

 

  1. Pregnant women have a very higher risk of contracting Malaria.

 

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