World Malaria Day: 5 tips to prevent yourself from this disease

Published on:25 April 2023, 12:04pm IST

World Malaria Day: Malaria is a deadly disease with which many get affected in peak mosquito season. That is why it is important to be aware about this disease. Here are 5 tips on how to prevent malaria.

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Malaria is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease caused by parasites transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. According to the Centers for Disease Controland Prevention (CDC), there were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2019, with 409,000 deaths. Malaria is a serious disease that can be prevented with the right precautions. This World Malaria Day let's protect ourselves and our loved ones from this dangerous disease by following these preventive tips. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Take antimalarial medications: If you are traveling to an area where malaria is present, it is important to take antimalarial medications as prescribed by your healthcare provider.These medications are effective at preventing malaria and can help reduce your risk of infection. Make sure to take the medication as prescribed, even if you feel fine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Get your children vaccinated: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the RTS,S malaria vaccine should be utilized in areas where there is moderate to high transmission of P. falciparum to safeguard children below the age of five. Additionally, other vaccines under development could also be beneficial in the fight against malaria. Image courtesy: Shutterstock


Be aware of peak mosquito hours: Mosquitoes are most active during peak mosquito hours, which are typically from dusk to dawn. If possible, avoid being outdoors during these hours.If you do need to be outside, wear protective clothing and use insect repellent. Image Courtesy: Freepik


Eliminate standing water: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so eliminating standing water around your home can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area. Make sure to empty any containers that collect water, such as flowerpots, buckets, and bird baths. If you have a swimming pool, make sure it is properly treated and maintained. Image Courtesy: Freepik

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Keep mosquitoes at bay: Using insect repellent can help keep mosquitoes away from you. Look for products that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks will also help protect you from mosquito bites. You can also use bed nets. Sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net can help prevent mosquito bites while you sleep. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Spraying your neighborhood with insecticide: Spraying insecticide to prevent malaria can be an effective strategy in reducing the spread of the disease. The insecticides used in such spraying programs are specifically designed to kill mosquitoes and are typically safe for humans and pets.