While it has primarily faded from mainstream news, Malaria is still active in many parts of the world. Even if the mosquito apocalypse that many feared never actually happened, the risk still largely remains for pregnant women, children, and the elderly. Hence, today on World Mosquito Day we, at MediMagic wanted to raise awareness about this deadly disease. This day is to commemorate the discovery of the link between mosquitoes and Malaria by Dr. Ronald Ross.
Seemingly blissful winter evenings happen. Sitting outside, without care. No mosquito spray, citronella candles, long sleeves — big oops! So, what do you do the next day (or even day after) when the welt from the unintended mosquito fest seems out of control?
Mosquito-borne diseases are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The UNICEF reports over 1 million deaths every year owing to malaria alone. Some of the diseases that are mosquito-borne are:
“Mosquito fact: This would explain that irritating buzzing sound you hear just before a mosquito lands on you and bites.”
The rapid emergence and spread of COVID-19 across the world have created massive global disruptions that are impacting people’s lives and well-being. There is an urgent need to aggressively tackle COVID-19. But, while work is underway to curb the spread of COVID-19, it is essential that other killer diseases, such as malaria, are not ignored. The COVID-19 pandemic has been and will continue to be devastating on its own – but this devastation will be substantially amplified if the response to COVID-19 undermines the provision of life-saving services for other diseases, like malaria. By preventing, screening, diagnosing, and treating malaria symptoms at the local level, countries can avert a devastating surge in severe-malaria cases at district and national hospitals.
“Mosquito fact: Mosquitoes are really old! They are as old as the Dinosaurs, with evidence of these insects dating back to the Triassic Period!”
“Stop scratching!” That’s good advice, of course. But sometimes it’s easier said than done. If you’re trying to avoid mosquito bites, there are four simple ways to do it: Cover up, use insect repellent, stay indoors and eliminate places where the bug can breed.
Educate people around you to follow the above-mentioned steps. Share this article with your friends and family. Spreading awareness is the key!
Ensure to take that extra step in keeping your surroundings clean. One other way that you can celebrate World Mosquito Day is by fundraising or the respective charities.
As stated previously, Malaria’s symptoms are similar to many diseases out there. If you are a med student, you would need to sharpen your clinical reasoning skills, in order to diagnose any condition. Upgrade your skills as a clinician with this high-yield clinical reasoning video on the MediMagic App: