Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications that can often times lead to death. In 2015 an estimated 214 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 438,000 people died. In the United States, 1,500 cases are diagnosed each year.
Typically, a human gets malaria by being bitten by an infected Anopheles mosquito. When a mosquito bites an infected person, a small amount of blood is taken in which contains microscopic malaria parasites. About 1 week later, when the mosquito takes its next blood meal, these parasites mix with the mosquito’s saliva and are injected into the person being bitten.
Malaria may also be transmitted from a mother to her unborn infant before or during delivery (“congenital” malaria).
The disease should be treated early in its course, before it becomes serious and life-threatening. Several good antimalarial drugs are available, and should be taken early on. The most important step is to think about malaria if you are presently in, or have recently been in, an area with malaria, so that the disease is diagnosed and treated right away. Malaria can be cured with prescription drugs. The type of drugs and length of treatment depend on the type of malaria, where the person was infected, their age, whether they are pregnant, and how sick they are at the start of treatment.
Five years ago, Mosquito Squad forged a relationship with Malaria No More, a nonprofit global health organization with the goal of ending malaria deaths in Africa. While we fight the bite everyday as a convenience for our clients here at home, we understand that for many, the fight against the bite is far, far more important — it is literally a matter of life and death.
Since 2012, Mosquito Squad’s efforts have raised well over $200,000 to help fuel the fight against malaria. When we donate a portion of our sales to Malaria No More, we’re saving lives by supporting activities in Cameroon to ensure adequate, timely and widespread communications that help inform school-aged children and communities regarding protective bed net distributions and proper usage.
For every customer, a $1 donation is made to Malaria No More which will provide an individual a malaria test and a set of tablets to help cure malaria.
Learn more about the Squad’s efforts to fight malaria in the videos below.