Common Myths Around Malaria
Malaria is one of the leading mosquito-borne disease in the world. As the cases of dengue and malaria are rising in the country, it is important that we debunk some myths, so you can protect yourself from getting infected. Here are 5 common myths around malaria you should look out for:
Myth 1: Dengue and Malaria are the same.
Truth: Their symptoms might be similar but they are not the same. Though they both are mosquito-borne illnesses, the treatment is different. Malaria is one of the most fatal diseases in the world and patients of malaria sometimes is double or same as the patients of dengue.
Myth 2: Mosquitos carrying malaria die after infecting the prey.
Truth: Unfortunately, after feeding on the blood, they wait for few days to digest that blood and wait for the eggs to be ready. Once they are done laying eggs, they look for another prey, and infect people again and again. This is why it is important to put preventive measures in place.
Myth 3: Malaria affects everyone equally.
Truth: Infants and young kids, especially under the age of five do not have strong enough immune system to fight against malaria. Therefore, are at higher risk of getting infected and contracting other diseases.
Myth 4: “I have had malaria so I am immune”
Truth: It is a misconception that once infected with malaria, makes you immune to it. It can provide you some protection, however, you can still get malaria.
Myth 5: Eating garlic will protect you from malaria.
Truth: It is simply not true. There is no scientific evidence available to back this claim. Garlic cannot protect you getting malaria, but preventive measures can.
Here are some precautionary measures that you can take to protect you and your family from malaria.
- Don’t allow stagnant water in your surroundings and at work, as stagnant water gives mosquitoes the perfect environment to breed.
- Keep your house clean and let it soak in sunlight in daytime.
- Avoid wearing perfumes with sweet or floral smell, as these scents attracts mosquitos.
- Wear full sleeved clothes and trousers, the skin exposure will be minimum and you can protect yourself from mosquitos carrying malaria.
If you have symptoms like chills, fever and sweating, it can indicate infection, so consult your doctor immediately. Hope you’ve gotten rid of these common myths around malaria. Get the best consultation at Bansal Global Hospital