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MALARIA

Malaria is a serious parasitic disease caused by plasmodium parasites being transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. There are four kinds of malaria parasites that are infecting humans which includes Plasmodium falciparum, P. Vivax, P. Ovale and P. Malariae. Among the kinds of malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum can cause severe infections and if not promptly treated can lead to death. 
According to the CDC “About 2,000 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from parts of the world where malaria transmission occurs, including sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.”

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Anti-malaria medications like Malarone and Doxycycline are imperative in preventing malaria. Delaying treatment of malaria or left untreated can result in severe complications, even death. Antimalarial medications reduce the transmission of malaria up to 90% and must be taken consistently a couple days before, during, and after the trip for full protection. Antimalarial medications should be taken when visiting areas that are at high risk of malaria transmission like Ghana and Uganda. Malaria is transmitted by a mosquito that is infected with a parasite, therefore, it is not only important to take antimalarial medications, but also other preventative measures, like insecticide nets and insect repellent sprays.

Symptoms of Malaria

Malaria symptoms typically appear within a week to month after being infected however the parasite can stay within our body for a year without causing any symptoms. 

Symptoms of malaria may include: 

  • Fever
  • Sweating 
  • Chills that shake the whole body 
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches 
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Cough 
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 

As it progresses it can cause anemia and jaundice. 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms it is safe to see a doctor immediately. This way malaria can be treated right away avoiding it to spread to other individuals as well.

Prevention of Malaria

While waiting for the approved vaccines for malaria the use of antimalarial drugs is recommended for the prevention of malaria. To prevent malaria parasites from getting into the body, there are different antimalarial drugs being introduced. It should be taken on a regular basis unlike vaccination. Go to Voyage Medical and seek the best medical advice for your travel. 

If you are in search of antimalarial drugs Malarone and doxycycline are available at Voyage Medical.

Doxycycline 

Doxycycline should be taken by adults one dose, 100 mg per day starting a day or two before traveling to the area with malaria transmission. They should take one dose per day while there and for 28 consecutive days after leaving the area with malaria transmission.  

Malarone 

Malarone is recommended to be taken by adults, 250 mg atovaquone/100 mg proguanil hydrochloride by mouth daily with food or milky drink. It should start 2 days before traveling to the area with malaria transmission and should continue while there and for 7 days after leaving the area with malaria transmission. 

Individuals who should use antimalarials

Just like any medicine – antimalarial drugs have restrictions and are not suited for everyone. If you are traveling to a country where there is a malaria outbreak you should consider antimalarial medication as well as to those who were born in a country with malaria and then moved to the United States. Feel free to contact Voyage Medical to schedule a consult. 

Countries Affected by Malaria

Africa – Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya 

South America – Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador 

Central America – Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama 

East Asia – India, China, and Thailand 

West Asia – Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey 

As we continue in our battle against fighting malaria disease, Voyage Medical is with WHO in achieving their  Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030. According to WHO updated in 2021, “They provide a technical framework for all malaria-endemic countries. It is intended to guide and support regional and country programmes as they work towards malaria control and elimination.”

The strategy sets ambitious but achievable global targets, including:

  • Reducing malaria case incidence by at least 90% by 2030
  • Reducing malaria mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030
  • Eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030
  • Preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free

Some treatments for diseases take years, even decades to be able to pass the research phases. Now that we are seeing a shed of light for malaria’s vaccine to be fully released to the public, we are positive that the outbreaks will finally stop.

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