Dengue fever and malaria are commonly found in tropical areas as reported by Dr. Paula
Siribaddana, who is a medical doctor and lecturer at the University of Colombo. Dengue fever is
a viral infection caused by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito. Dengue fever occurs more
frequently during warm, humid seasons, and spreads intensely in urban areas. This Aedes
mosquito that transmit this are know to be day biters. After being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes,
the side effects take about three to fourteen days before any signs or symptoms appear. The
symptoms of dengue fever start with headaches, generalized weakness, and intense muscle, and
low back pain.
How is dengue fever contracted? Aedes mosquitoes breed year round in water filled pots,
plastic bags, and cans or anything that can hold water. One mosquito bite can inflict the disease.
The catastrophic disease can be prevented. Cans and tires that lay year round should be put in
good use, cans are recyclable and tires can be used for decorations, as displayed around the
beautiful island of American Samoa. Flower pots that are filled with water should be emptied
out. Plastic bags should be thrown in trash cans, instead of lying around on streets, attracting
mosquitoes that could cause dengue fever.
Malaria is and acute and sometime chronic infectious disease caused by a parasite,
plasmodium, which infects red blood cells. Malaria is transmitted when an Anopheles mosquito
bites a person or an animal that is already infected with this disease. People of American Samoa
can be infected with this, because a lot of tourists from around the world travel here by boat or
planes, and it is possible that they are infected with this disease. What are the signs and symptoms of malaria? According to Dr. David Charles, symptoms characteristic of malaria
include flu-like illness with fever, chills, muscle aches, and headache. Some patients develop
nausea, vomiting, coughing, and diarrhea. The disease can be prevented by protecting people
against mosquito bites and taking anti-malarial medicines, but public health officials strongly
recommend that young children and pregnant women avoid traveling to areas where malaria is
Travelers are at risk of contracting dengue fever and malaria in different regions. Dengue
fever killed some of the people and children in American Samoa in different years. Malaria
causes the deaths of hundreds of people in different years in areas such as Africa. Most of the
children died from these two different diseases, because children like to play in front of their
homes, schoolyards or in other infested areas. Malaria and dengue fever are two different
diseases, yet and both are extremely lethal. People of ages died from these diseases, and it all
starts from a mosquito bite. It does not matter where the mosquito bites a human or a person,
because it will lead to an infection, severe illness or even worse, death.
Dengue fever causes including leaving water in the water coolers; these should be
emptied when not in use. During monsoons, collected water in pothole is the main cause of
dengue fever, as it is an easy ground for mosquitoes breeding. It does not spread from person to
person. Dengue fever cause also includes being bitten by the Aedes mosquito that has already
bitten an infected person, as it then becomes the carrier of virus. The only way it can spread is my
mosquito biting an infected person and then biting the other person carrying the virus.
Both dengue fever and malaria have severe complications. In comparing these two
different diseases, malaria has an incubation period of seven to thirty days. This means that a
malaria infection can be observed within seven to thirty days. Dengue fever has an incubation periods and various times for showing of infection.
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