Infectious Diseases Today

It rains just every afternoon and take note—it pours! As the rainy season approaches, the Department of Health sets out its alarm on the increasing malaria incidence. Cases of malaria are expected to rise in this time of the year. Anopheles specie of mosquitoes is the ones responsible for this disease. The rains contribute to the increasing proliferation of these mosquitoes as slow-flowing water in shady streams becomes their habitat suitable for their breeding place. Such mosquitoes inoculate into humans the organism that causes malaria.

Malaria is characterized by high fever, chills, sweats and recurrent headache. These symptoms are often disregarded thus eventually becomes fatal to a person. Without prior medical attention, this simple chilling and fever will progress to shock, kidney and liver failure and worst, coma.

As usually said, prevention is better than cure—so, residents are urged to clean their respective premises by clearing slow-moving streams to eradicate breeding sites of mosquitoes. Physical barriers are also recommended such as the use of mosquito nets, screen doors and windows and wearing of long sleeves and pants when going out at night. So when you are in the Philippines and rain comes, it’s time to place yourself on Malaria alert!

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