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How do I keep from getting Malaria?
- The traveler: If you are traveling to an area known to have malaria, visit your doctor so that he can prescribe the particular anti-malaria drug for the region you are visiting. Make sure that you follow the prescription instructions carefully.
- Residents of Malaria prone area: Anopheles mosquitoes like to bite at dawn and dusk therefore its best to avoid being exposed at these times. At dusk you can sit inside the house that is treated for mosquitoes and at night you can sleep under a mosquito net that is treated with insecticide.
- Destroy breeding sites for mosquitoes: The last cycle of development of a mosquito is spent in water. Anopheles mosquitoes prefer fresh water. It is important to destroy or spray with insecticide all places where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Empty or remove bottles, buckets or anything else that may have standing water. Water storage containers can be covered with mosquito tight material. Sewage trenches and irrigation canals must be cleared of stagnant spots. Incases where water cannot be drained, bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) a biological insecticide from BioVision can be used to kill mosquito larvae without destroying the water.
- Insecticide Treated Net (ITN): Everyone should have access to an ITN. There are 2 kinds of nets which kill mosquitoes which come in contact with the fabrics: the ones that need to be retreated every 6 months with Power Tabs and the long lasting treated net that lasts 3-5 years.