Global Public Health


PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Diseases | Parasitic Diseases | Public Health

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After human settlement and migration took place throughout the world, a disease known as malaria broke out within many countries. Malaria is a disease that comes from a fever where a parasite takes over one’s red blood cells with mosquitoes being the ones that transmit this disease. The symptoms of this disease are as follows: fever (typical cycles of fever, chills, sweating), joint pain, headaches, vomiting, convulsions, and coma. Malaria is a big issue in the Comoros, an island which can be seen in the Indian Ocean between the eastern coast of Africa and Madagascar, because of the many occurrences of migration to and from this island causing the indigenous people to be exposed to intermittent fevers that their body can’t handle. In addition to that, the weather being wet and tropical is another reason behind why malaria is a common health problem on this island. There have been interventions, though, that have provided these indigenous people with ideas in which to avoid the spread of this disease throughout their country. Some kinds of interventions being implemented in the Comoros are: placements of mosquito impregnated bed nets in the homes of the indigenous people and indoor residual spraying of malathion.