Sunday, January 25, 2009

Malaria

As some of you have heard 5 out of the 6 of us have had malaria since returning from village living. Paul, Daniel, Jessica, Rachel and then Michael. Paul’s was the worst lasting about 4 days. Once the others started on the treatment the symptoms were gone in 1 day. Out of 50 people in our training only 4 other people got it. We had blogged about malaria before we went to the village and never thought we would get it. We always slept under nets and took the preventative medicine. There are 2 primary types of Malaria, falciparum and vivax. Falciparum is the type that can be fatal if not treated promptly; Rachel, Michael and Jessica had this. It is transmitted by the anopheles mosquito. This type only comes out at dawn and after the sun sets.

We thank God for His protection and healing and for good doctors and medicine that helped us.

I recently read a great article about Malaria in the July 2007 National Geographic. Michael wanted to read the article for a bed time story but we didn’t think that was such a great idea.

  • One of the treatments we took, Artemisinin, is based on a cure first described in a Chinese medical text written in the fourth century A.D.
  • The disease’s name comes from the Italian mal’aria meaning “bad air”. It was thought that swamp fumes caused the illness.
  • Malaria was common in the United States – Abraham Lincoln and George Washington had it
  • 1 million Union army casualties were contributed to malaria
  • WWII casualties from malaria exceeded those from combat

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