Blog: How to avoid malaria

02

May 2017

World Malria Day 25th April 2017 was a bit of a non-event in the UK probably because malaria isn’t a problem here but it is a serious problem if you live in, or visit,  the warmer parts of the world.

 

Here are 3 statistics that are worthy of note:

 

  1. Cases: in 2015 there were 212 millions cases of malaria worldwide.
  2. Trend: since 2010 the number of cases has decreased by 21% worldwide
  3. Mortality: since 2010 the mortality rate has decreaed by 29% worldwide.

Source: World Health Organisation 

Top tips to avoid infection:

  • Avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
  • Be particularly vigilant at peak mosi times (dawn and dusk)
  • Use a good repellent that contains DEET.
  • Sleep beneath a mosi-net
  • Treat mosi-nets with insecticide such as Permethrin
  • Use a reliable malaria prophylactic (NOT Larium which has sideeffects)
  • And finally … be aware of malaria symptoms and seek medical advice if concerned.

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