World Malaria Day is being observed across the world including Pakistan today (April 25) in order to raise awareness of malaria and generate support for the fight against this preventable and treatable disease. The theme for World Malaria Day 2019 is ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’, and its aim is to empower individuals across the world to make a personal commitment to saving millions more lives, and help communities and economies to thrive by ending the fatal disease.
World Health Organization (WHO) actively plays a role in promoting and supporting World Malaria Day whereas theme for this year is ‘A Push for Prevention’.
A malaria infection is generally characterized by the following signs and symptoms:
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. About half of the worlds’ population is at risk of malaria, particularly those in lower-income countries.
Other modes of transmission
Because the parasites that cause malaria affect red blood cells, people can also catch malaria from exposure to infected blood, including:
Scientists around the world are trying to develop a safe and effective vaccine for malaria. As of yet, however, there is still no malaria vaccine approved for human use.
To protect yourself from mosquito bites, you should:
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