Hello Doctor brought to you by Dischem – Malaria
Ever wondered what the most dangerous creature on earth is? Lion? Elephant, Great White…. a hippo maybe? Think again, and think smaller. The most lethal creature on earth is none other than a pesky mozzie. That isn’t necessarily something you would think about at 3am when one is buzzing around you head and you have slapped yourself silly, but maybe it should be. Malaria kills a child every 45 seconds in Africa and a single malarial mosquito can infect more than 100 people.
The malaria parasites incubate in the liver before being released into the blood stream where they invade red blood cells and continue to multiply. Left untreated, things can go from bad to worse in a very short space of time. Since there is currently no vaccine for malaria, and there isn’t any way to tell which of those blood suckers is carrying malaria, your best bet is prevention. Despite popular belief, a high blood alcohol content is not an effective deterrent to a hungry mozzie!
There are many effective anti-malarial drugs available. Your pharmacist can give you some tips as to the best one for you depending on your travel plans, medical history, age or drug allergies and other factors. Just remember that as good as these meds are, they don’t work overnight, so visit your pharmacist long before you embark on your bundu bashing adventure!