We often hear people mention the dangers of malaria, but how much do you know about it? To help you stay informed, here is a quick look at malaria symptoms and precautions.
What is Malaria?
Malaria is a kind of disease that a parasite causes. When an infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite gets transmitted. It is estimated that around 210 million people get infected and 440,000 die from malaria every year. However, malaria is only present in certain parts of the world. Malaria is most prevalent in Africa, having about 93% of the world’s malaria cases along with 94% of the deaths.
Are Malaria and Dengue the Same?
Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquitos, but they are not the same. A female Anopheles mosquito’s bite transmits Plasmodium to a person, which causes malaria.
The vector, or transmitting mosquito, for dengue fever is the Aedes aegypti(ital).
The symptoms of dengue and malaria are similar. However, there are a few differences. For instance, dengue can cause rashes whereas malaria would not. In areas where both malaria and dengue are endemic, someone can have both dengue and malaria at the same time.