April 25 World Malaria Day

April 25 is World Malaria Day. Malaria makes mosquitoes the most dangerous animal on the planet. Malaria, a mosquito borne illness, kills more people every year than all the wars combined. There are many organizations and groups that fight malaria. Mosquito Squad supports Malaria No More.

Malaria is a mosquito borne illness that has been found worldwide, and it was endemic to the US as recently as the 1950s. Annually it kills about 600,000-700,000 people worldwide, and incapacitates another 200 million. Most of the people malaria kills are children. It causes billions of dollars of economic losses, millions of missed days of school, and is a leading cause of childhood death. A child dies from malaria every minute. This disease has literally changed history, from influencing Napoleon’s sale of Louisiana to delaying the building of the Panama canal.

Malaria is carried by Anopheles mosquitoes. The disease doesn’t require an animal host. Mosquitoes transfer the disease directly from person to person. The disease itself is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. Once the infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite travels through the bloodstream to the liver where it reproduces. It is then released to the blood stream, where it continues to reproduce. The blood stage is where symptoms of the disease show, and where others can be infected by mosquito bites. The disease symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, body aches, general malaise. Severe malaria can include cerebral malaria, cardiovascular collapse, kidney failure, various blood issues and other symptoms.  Malaria can result in death and chronic illness.

The fight against malaria worldwide is a multi-pronged approach. It involves providing effective malarial treatments, preventative treatment, use of pesticide treated mosquito nets, mosquitoes elimination, and continued research. One dollar can buy effective mosquito treatment for a child, curing the disease in 1-3 days. Ten dollars is enough to buy a pesticide infused bed net. There are many organizations that work to fight malaria, and Mosquito Squad supports Malaria No More. Malaria No More (MNM) provides mosquito nets, fast diagnosis kits, malarial treatment and education. Every Mosquito Squad franchise, nationwide, donates to this cause. Find out more  about malaria and the fight against it at World Malaria Day.

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