World Malaria Day - 'End Malaria For Good': Lesser known facts about the dreaded disease !!!
Despite many preventive measures, malaria still remains a leading cause of mortality world wide. Malaria mosquito generally thrives in the areas with a lot of moisture and humidity.Malaria being a mosquito-borne disease, is transmitted by the bite of female Anopheles mosquito which is a parasite, like all mosquitoes.We bring you the lesser known details about this disease on World Malaria Day:Malaria has killed four popes and at least eight US presidents suffered from it. Some of the prominent personalities inflicted by the disease were George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and it also led to the deaths of Pope Leo and Pope Sixtus.Thousands die every year from taking mock-up anti-malaria drugs. The World Health Organisation has estimated that around 20 per cent of the one million deaths caused by malaria annually can be blamed on counterfeit drugsOnly the female mosquitoes transmit the disease, sucking the blood and rendering the deadly disease.It can take several years to develop malaria symptoms. In exceptionally rare cases, malaria sufferers have fallen ill four years after being infected.Common side effects of malaria are high fever, chills, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms. Severe illness and death can normally be avoided if the disease is properly treated.The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in 2018.According to reports, beer consumption increases the susceptibility to the dreaded disease which is malaria.Back in 1943 Disney Productions was the first to feature an animated documentary with The Seven Dwarves to create awareness about the menace of mosquito-borne malaria and the necessary precautions to control it. (ఇండియా టుడే సౌజన్యము తో !!!)