Two Years in the Kingdom of Wonder- Malaria

October 25, 2017

Hello All, and thanks for following me. This week blog post is about malaria. This is a picture of my bed that is covered by mosquito netting and the other is of the medication I take on a daily basis as a preventative. According to the World Health Organizations, malaria is in 106 countries worldwide. There is an estimated 212 million cases every year with 429,000 resulting in death. Malaria is one of the many mosquito borne illnesses throughout the world. I’ve attached a list at the bottom of others. Each one of these is spread by a different mosquito. The mosquito that transmits the parasitic infection that is known as malaria is active only from dusk till dawn which is why I sleep under the netting. Malaria is all over SE Asia including Cambodia and in fact there is a particular strain that is spreading across SE Asia that is resistant to all known drugs for treatment. This, however, is not a reason to avoid seeing this beautiful area of the world. Just make sure you take the proper precautions as you would traveling anywhere else in the world. As I mentioned, malaria is in 106 countries which includes much of Central and South America and Caribbean Islands. So, if you choose to travel to any of these countries, I recommend that you take malaria seriously and take the proper precautions and then you can enjoy the amazing places such as SE Asia without worry of malaria.

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include: malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, tularemia, dirofilariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, and Zika

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