According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a risk of malaria transmission in 96 countries around the globe. Infected people have symptoms such as fever, chills and flu-like symptoms at the beginning.
In Brazil, the transmission of malaria is concentrated in the Amazon, which covers the States of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins. In these areas, it is essential that you take certain precautions during periods of higher activity of the mosquitoes that carry the disease (from sunset to sunrise):
• Use light clothes with long sleeves during periods of high exposure in activities such as canoe trips.
• Apply insect repellent on exposed areas of the skin, always following the guidelines of the manufacturer.
• Pay attention to the appearance of disease symptoms, such as fever, body aches and headaches.
• In case any symptoms of the disease appear, look for the nearest hospital or health unit. Ideally, medical attention should be given within 48 hours after the first symptoms appear.
• It is important to highlight that Brazil has a public health network structured to diagnose and treat patients appropriately.