Malaria is a serious and infectious disease that's known to plague mainly Africa (including northern regions of South Africa), third world countries and in other countries within tropical climates. Malaria is generally transmitted from the bite of a female (Anopheles) mosquito that is already infected with protozoan parasite species belonging to genus Plasmodium.
When the malaria parasites enter the human's blood stream, it travels straight to the liver where they reproduce and continue to mass multiply in cycles. These parasites then attack the red blood cells producing symptoms like excessive sweating, chills, fevers, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, which can eventually lead to falciparum malaria (like cerebral malaria) if untreated. Falciparum malaria can develop serious problems with the central nervous system, liver and kidney failure, bleeding problems, and can lead to death.
Malaria symptoms generally occur only a month after the initial infection. This also depends on the malaria specie, the individuals health and if those individuals had taken anti-malarial medications for prevention. Symptoms of a milder malaria infection (P. vivax and P. ovale) typically occur suddenly on a 48 hour cycle. Malaria treatment should be taken seriously and done with immediate effect at your nearest doctor / hospital if you've been in a malaria area recently and / or are experiencing these symptoms.
Yes, Rwanda as a whole is a malaria risk area / country. We recommend you take precautions and visit your nearest doctor (you need a prescription for anti-malaria medication) to prescribe you with what's recommended before you leave for Rwanda. It is strongly advised that you take other prophylactics like insect repellent sprays, mosquito coils, light long sleeve tops and bottoms to further prevent bites (especially during late afternoons, evenings and mornings). A strong immune system is also vital against diseases, viruses and other pathogens (more information, tips and videos about this below).
Below are some frequently asked questions about malaria and what malaria medication is recommended.
The Information below is merely a guideline for those who want to familiarise themselves with some of the anti-malaria prescriptions available. However it is important that you consult a qualified medical doctor to make an informed decision regarding what anti-malarial medication is right for you.
There are various types of anti-malaria prescriptions available to choose from. Choosing one depends on your medical history and what malaria area you are visiting. The most effective and common anti-malaria tablets on the market today is either Mefloquine (Mefliam) or Doxycycline (Doxitab) which both require a prescription. Contact your nearest doctor to prescibe you with what's recommended.
Mefliam should be taken at least a week before entering a malaria area. The adult dosage of Mefliam is 1 tablet per week and should be taken after your evening meal with plenty of water to wash it down. The course must be continued for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria area.
Doxycycline should be taken a day or two before entering a malaria area and the course must be continued for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria area. Doxycycline should be taken after a meal with plenty of water to wash it down.
Yes, while you can't entirely prevent malaria, it is still strongly recommended that you take a course of anti-malaria medication to at least minimize the chances of contracting the disease. Noticing any typical symptoms of malaria as soon as possible is also very important because anti-malaria medication is known to hide a lot of the symptoms caused by malaria - even for a few weeks after leaving the malaria infected area.
If you experience any of the symptoms above, visit your nearest doctor as soon as possible to get diagnosed and treated.
You are more susceptible to diseases, viruses, malaria and other pathogens if your body's natural defence system (the immune system) is weak, therefore it is vital that you strengthen it! Furthermore - a strong immune system is also extremely important for overall health and longevity. The digestive tract contains trillions of good bacteria (that fight off pathogens) in the gut flora and is responsible for 80% of the immune system - however in order for your body's highly intelligent immune system to function properly, you need a healthy nervous system (nerve supply) to communicate efficiently and correctly with all your body's organs (including the immune system response and to build healthy gut flora).
The following videos are that of the opinion of Dr. John Bergman who is highly respected and well renowned globally for his educational videos on general prevention, healing and all round health.
The information and contents contained on this website are for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute / replace a qualified health care professional / doctor and is not intended to be, nor should be construed to be as medical advice. The information on this website are freely-expressed, individual opinions of all those involved with http://www.rwandaaccommodation.africa. The onus is upon you to do your own research, work with a qualified health care professional and make an informed decision going forward.
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