Travel Tips – Preparing for Countries With Malaria

Travel Tips – Preparing for Countries With Malaria

Even though there is a treatment available, malaria remains a leading cause of death in developing countries. If you plan to visit an area where this disease is rampant, you must make sure to take some malaria tablets in advance. While this privilege is often unavailable to the locals, you would be doing a disservice to them by failing to put your safety first; read through this article for an elaboration of this point.


Looking At The Jarring Stats For Malaria In Developing Countries

Malaria is a contagious disease caused by a parasite, which is typically spread through mosquito bites. If a mosquito carrying this disease bites a person, the parasite will get into their bloodstream, and quite likely the disease will develop within a month – unless of course, that person has taken anti-malarial drugs in advance of being infected. When a person has taken preventative medications against malaria, they stand a much lower chance of developing Malaria, and when it still happens, the symptoms are much weaker and much less likely to lead to a terminal case.

At this point in history, there are nearly 300-600 million people who are infected with malaria every year, with a much higher incidence in developing countries. The overwhelming majority (over 90%) of malaria cases and malaria deaths happen in sub-Saharan Africa. These unfortunate statistics are the result of a combination of cultural aspects that include poor hygiene and lack of education, as well as a climate which is very suitable for the transmission of the disease – after all, the spread of Malaria goes hand in hand with the rampant proliferation of parasite-carrying mosquitos.


Understanding The Terrible And Far-Reaching Consequences Of Malaria

According to the World Health Organization, the available funding towards minimising the spread of malaria is nearly three billion dollars. This number speaks volumes for the worldwide impact of this disease as well as the organised efforts from different governments to try and manage the issue.

Five different parasites trigger malaria infections in humans, but not all are equally dangerous. This means not all causes of malaria are the same, and this disease may cause symptoms whose severity may fluctuate wildly depending on a number of factors – such as the parasite causing the infection and the immunologic resistance of the affected person. Symptoms can range from simple flu-like symptoms that will resolve in a couple of weeks to acute infections that could lead to death in a matter of days.

In short, whether or not a case of malaria is treatable will ultimately depend on the luck of the infected person. Prevention is the best approach to deal with malaria effectively, and this is precisely why it’s so important for anyone who travels to a country affected with malaria to take anti-malarial tablets prophylactically.


Why It’s So Important To Take Treatment With You

Considering the facts on how malaria is spread and how it’s such a huge problem to the health care systems of developing countries, logic dictates that you must take your anti-malaria tablets before flying in to an affected country – otherwise you may end up not only risking your life but also inadvertently becoming an additional burden to the local governments, if you happen to be infected during your stay.

It’s also worth noting that if you were to develop a malaria infection while visiting a developing country, you might have no other choice but to get sub-par medical treatment from practitioners who are already excessively burdened and lacking appropriate resources to treat the disease.

Spreading awareness and education about this subject is a vital matter, and prevention is the best course of action. Asides from taking your malaria tablets you will be wise to protect yourself from mosquito bites, by applying repellent and surrounding your sleeping areas with mosquito nets (even when the locals tell you it is pointless to do so!) You may be shocked to find many locals claiming it’s pointless to take medication, or even refusing such a simple preventative measure as putting up mosquito nets.

Remember: the reason why malaria is spreading so rampantly is precisely because the locals are not adequately educated (or refuse to acknowledge the truth) of how this disease is transmitted through mosquito bites, and how it’s so much easier to manage prophylactically. If you want to do something to help solve this worrying public health problem, your primary course of action should be to take preventative measures to minimise your risks of getting infected during your stay.




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