In celebration of World Malaria Day on April 25th, Facebook asked the below listed questions and many people across the world responded with such passion and insight:
How you can protect yourself from malaria while you’re traveling:
- Talk to your doctor about where you’re traveling to find out if it’s malaria-endemic, and if so, your options for protecting yourself from malaria.
- Your doctor may recommend you take anti-malaria medications. Commonly prescribed treatments include Mefloquine, Malarone, Doxycycline, Fansidar, and others.
- During the day, use mosquito repellant. At night, be sure to sleep under an anti-malaria mosquito net. (We do not sell or distribute nets to travelers but you may be able to purchase them at camping/outdoor stores.)
- For more information, visit the CDC website.
Is there a malaria vaccine?
- Not yet. However, scientists around the world are working to accelerate the development of malaria vaccines and progress is being made. Until there is a vaccine, ending malaria deaths will require a comprehensive set of solutions including the distribution of mosquito nets, education in endemic countries, insecticide spraying and the availability of anti-malarial drugs.
What should Africans do when they get malaria?
- At the first signs of symptoms, it’s recommended to visit the nearest clinic and get tested for malaria.
- Doctors and social health workers will most likely test feverish patients for malaria with a rapid diagnostic test or microscope. If patients test positive for malaria, they’ll start treatment. Treatments containing an artemisinin derivative (artemisinin-combination therapies, ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for malaria.