Two more malaria cases confirmed in Sarasota County

HEADLINE HEALTH – One of the leading methods by which malaria spreads has been known for decades and reconfirmed repeatedly:

  • “Migrants account for a significant proportion of imported malaria cases in industrialised countries.” – Malaria in migrants, by F Castelli, 1999, National Library of Medicine
  • “Every year approximately half of all of the cases of malaria in US travelers are among first- and second-generation immigrants (including their spouses) who traveled back to their country of origin to visit friends and relatives.” – Recommendations for Immigrants from Malaria-Endemic Countries, 2018, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
  • “The global distribution of malaria is rooted in social phenomena such as population migration patterns, economic trade, war, and climate change.” – Migrants in transit across Central America and the potential spread of chloroquine resistant malaria, The Lancet, 2023

Two more malaria cases confirmed in Sarasota County

By Bailey Striepling, Jul. 6, 2023

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The Florida Department of Health has reported two more locally acquired cases of malaria in Sarasota County.

The two additional cases were reported the week of June 25 to July 1, according to a report released on Thursday. Sarasota County’s total is now at six locally acquired cases.

Malaria is transmitted through infected mosquitoes. Both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been under a mosquito-borne illness alert since June 19.

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Residents throughout the state should take precautions by applying bug spray, avoiding areas with high mosquito populations and wearing long pants and shirts when possible – especially during sunrise and sunset when mosquitos are most active.

In Florida, Malaria is transmitted through infected Anopheles mosquitoes. The cause of malaria in these cases has been identified as the Plasmodium vivax species. Effective treatment is readily available through hospitals and other health care providers. Individuals in this area with symptoms of fever, chills, sweats, nausea/vomiting and headache should seek immediate medical attention.

The department advises the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “Drain and Cover.”

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week
    Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools and keep appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

COVER skin with clothing or appropriate repellent.

  • Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent appropriately. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old.
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