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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

A nurse in a Madrid hospital remains in critical condition after contracting malaria in the Congo

A nurse in a Madrid hospital remains in critical condition after contracting malaria in the Congo

Candelas Varela, a 50-year-old nurse from Vigo who has worked for decades Kinshasa Monkole Hospital (Democratic Republic of the Congo)After arriving in Spain in the past few hours from an African country in critical condition after contracting malaria, remains admitted to the ICU of the University Clinic of Navarra in Madrid.

As confirmed by her family, the nurse arrived in Madrid on a medical plane chartered by Chartered Friends of Moncole Foundation (who has opened a Bizm account and number to ask for donations to help cover this expense) After several weeks of hospitalization and doctors at the Congolese health center, she was consulted by her deteriorating health condition Instant Transfer to Spainto receive treatment.

Candelas Varela begins to notice signs of illness after travel cameroon And he has been in contact with his family, to whom he has been reporting his development (this was not the first time he had malaria). However, he stopped calling a few days ago, when the illness worsened and doctors proposed to his family. put him in a coma To take him to Spain immediately.

This nurse from Vigo wears 25 years working in Kinshasa, Where the Friends of Moncole Foundation develops various projects related to health care for children, women and vulnerable people. The organization has also started a project to create a School of Nursing or popular canteen to fight against malnutritionamong others.

What is Malaria?

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite. parasite transmitted to humans through By the bite of infected mosquitoes. It is common for people who have malaria to have a high fever and shivering chills.

Although malaria is rare in temperate climates, it is still common in tropical and subtropical countries. About 290 million people are infected with malaria each year And more than 400,000 people die from the disease.

To reduce malaria infections, global health programs distribute preventive medicines and insecticidal mosquito nets to protect people from mosquito bites. World Health Organization Recommended malaria vaccine for children living in countries with high incidence of malaria.

To protect yourself while traveling, you can use protective clothing, bed nets, and insecticides. You can also take preventive medicines before, during and after travel. high risk area, Many malaria parasites have developed resistance to common drugs used to treat the disease.

mosquito transmission cycle

Uninfected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes get infected by eating a person suffering from malaria.
transmission of parasites. If a mosquito bites you in the future, this malaria parasite can be passed on to you.
in the liver. Once the parasite enters your body, it travels to your liver, where some types of parasites can lie dormant for up to a year.
in the bloodstream. When the parasites mature, they leave the liver and infect red blood cells. This is when people usually show symptoms of malaria.
transmission to the next person. If an uninfected mosquito bites you at this stage of the cycle, it will become infected with your malaria parasites and can bite the next person.

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