It’s the deadliest creature in the history of mankind and chances are, you’ve already encountered it — the mosquito! The most dangerous health threat from mosquitoes is malaria.
"Malaria is caused by a parasite, and it gets into your bloodstream, invades your red blood cells and essentially wreaks havoc," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
In 2009, Kristen Kenney , a feature reporter and producer for a PBS docu-series, contracted a severe case of malaria while working in Tanzania, Africa. "My body just felt like it was collapsing, and the pain was unbearable," Kristen recalls.
Without expedient treatment, Kristen would have become one of the 655,000 people who die from malaria each year. After 12 grueling hours, Kristen was able to obtain treatment, which only cost her $7. Statistics show that the same lethal strain of malaria Kristen contracted claims the life of one child every minute in developing countries, as many families cannot afford the life-saving medication.
After her near-death experience, Kristen took action and created Malaika For Life, a grassroots movement dedicated to providing hope and opportunities to the many victims of malaria. More than 1,400 children lose their lives to malaria every day. Malaika For Life helps provide the necessary tools and treatments to prevent and cure malaria in underprivileged parts of the world. To date, Kristen's foundation has helped save 22,040 lives.
When traveling to areas endemic to malaria, The Doctors recommend consulting with your doctor about taking anti-malaria pills, which are ingested before, during and after your trip.
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• Bloody stools
• Fevers or chills
• Profuse sweating
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