Malaria Awareness Month
November 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic infection that is caused by a parasite called plasmodium. It is spread by a bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito which abounds in tropical and swampy areas. Malaria can also spread through blood transfusion, organ transplant, sharing of needles and syringes with an infected person, and transfer of malaria parasites from an infected mother to an unborn child.
The basic symptoms of malaria are muscle pain, headache, nausea, fever, shivering, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. The disease is curable if diagnosed and treated immediately. However, if not treated on time, it becomes life-threatening as it damages the organs in the body.
Proclamation No. 1168 declaring the month of November of every year as Malaria Awareness Month, Malaria is the 8th leading cause of morbidity in the Philippines, affecting most Filipinos of productive age group, and vulnerable groups which includes pregnant women, children and indigenous population groups, and continue to be a major impediment to human and economic development in area where it persists.