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Malaria in the US for the First Time Since 2003, in Florida and Texas

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Malaria is an age-old affliction that is a dangerous threat to human health in numerous regions around the world. Despite advancements in Malaria management and treatment, it remains a global health concern, emphasizing the critical need for heightened mosquito control measures. Although not native to the United States, confirmed cases have been reported recently in Florida and Texas. The climate and temperatures of Florida and Texas make an ideal habitat for mosquitoes, including those capable of transmitting the Malaria parasite. 

What is Malaria? 

Malaria is a potentially severe and life-threatening infectious disease caused by multiple species of the Plasmodium parasite. The disease is primarily transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female mosquitos. Once an infected mosquito bites a person, the parasites enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they multiply and mature. Afterward, they re-enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells, causing a range of symptoms and complications.

Symptoms of Malaria

The symptoms of Malaria can vary widely and often resemble those of the flu, making diagnosis challenging. These symptoms typically emerge within ten days to a month following being bitten by an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Sweats 
  • Chills 
  • Muscle aches 
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Especially vulnerable are pregnant women and young children, whose immune systems may not be as equipped to fight off the Malaria infection. In some cases, Malaria can lead to more severe symptoms, such as anemia, jaundice, organ failure, and even death. 

Confirmed Cases Of Malaria in Florida and Texas

The majority of diagnosed Malaria cases in the US are instances of imported Malaria, typically occurring after individuals have traveled to countries where Malaria is prevalent. 

Recently, there have been confirmed cases in the United States of Malaria documented by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida health officials have reported that there have been eight confirmed malaria cases since May of this year. In Texas, There was a confirmed case from this year of an infected person who has no recent history of overseas travel. These cases mark the first instances of transmission within the United States since 2003. This calls for renewed vigilance in implementing mosquito prevention strategies.

Take Action Now 

Climate change and increased human movement have contributed to the spread of malaria to new areas. Warmer temperatures allow mosquitoes to thrive, and population movement can introduce the parasite to previously unaffected places. Confirmed cases of malaria in Florida have made mosquito prevention more important now than ever. Don’t wait any longer. Take action now by calling Heron Home & Outdoor to ensure a pest-free environment for you and your loved ones.


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