According to the CDC’s report, Florida and Texas have recently experienced an outbreak of locally transmitted Plasmodium Vivax Malaria cases. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites transmitted through infected mosquitoes and continues to be a significant public health concern worldwide. This serves as a stark reminder that malaria isn’t limited to specific regions and can affect any area where infected mosquitoes thrive, including New Jersey. Symptoms of malaria include cyclical fever with chills, headache, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
By raising awareness about the disease, individuals can be empowered to take preventive actions and seek medical attention if needed. Preventing malaria requires a multi-faceted approach. If you plan on traveling to visit family where malaria cases have been reported, be cautious of malaria-endemic areas and take proper precautions to seek medical advice if you’re feeling sick after your vacation. When travelling to reported malaria-endemic areas, utilizing insecticide-treated bed nets, insect repellents, and environmental interventions can significantly reduce mosquito populations and decrease the risk of transmission.
By educating our community about the signs, symptoms, and preventive measures of malaria, together we can collectively strengthen our defense in New Jersey against the deadly disease. Stay informed, take action, and seek medical attention if you suspect malaria symptoms. If you suspect signs of malaria, we encourage you to visit www.henryjaustin.org/service/ or call 609-278-5900 to be seen by a provider.