Most of us aren’t concerned with Malaria unless we’re thinking of traveling to sub-Saharan Africa or tropical countries such as the Middle East, Asia, Central and South America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and some Pacific Ocean Islands (to lesser extent). However, the deadly disease was responsible for approximately 660,000 deaths in 2010—20-percent of those killed mere children.
Malaria is passed on when parasites are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. However, it is completely preventable if you take malaria prevention tablets prior and while traveling, and avoid mosquito bites (i.e., wear mosquito netting and spray) whenever possible.
Before traveling to a Malaria prevalent country, keep these ten facts about the disease in mind…
Malaria Fact #1
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that’s spread when mosquitoes bite humans.