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Five Types Of Common Diseases In Africa


Along with the developments and technological advancements in the medical field, the introduction of new medications to treat diseases, there are still several countries struggling with several diseases. People are suffering from severe diseases in Africa. Even though some parts of the continent are flourishing, there are a few parts of the continent ruled by uneducated people and diseases are quite common there. The so called health conditions are termed as Africa diseases and some of the diseases have its origin in this continent and commonly affect the people of the continent. The Africa diseases are mainly caused to lack of knowledge about the diseases and how it spreads. Here is the brief outlook on the five common Africa diseases affecting the people for centuries.

Five Common Africa Diseases

  • HIV – AIDS: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, more commonly and popularly termed as AIDS or HIV is one of the common Africa diseases. This is a sexually transmitted diseases spread due to physical contact with HIV affected person. It was reported that AIDS has its origin in the Africa and been common in the underdeveloped countries and tribes of Africa. Lack of education and awareness about the disease is main cause of the deadliest Africa diseases, the AIDS.
  • Malaria: Malaria is also one of the most troubling and deadliest Africa diseases claiming the life of many people. It is spread through mosquito bites and the female mosquitoes are responsible for causing malaria. The mosquito bites and sucks the blood of an individual and spread the disease by biting the other individual. Several people in the Africa are unaware about using the mosquito nets to prevent them the disease. In spite of the protective measures taken to prevent malaria, it still continues to be the most common African diseases. It is highly recommended for the travelers on their visit to Africa to carry or vaccinate with anti-malaria drugs.
  • Cholera: It is another common disease affecting the Africans. It is the most prominent of all types of African diseases in the southern countries of Africa. People who are living in the unhygienic atmosphere with poor sanitation facility are more likely to get affected by cholera. Properly cooked food and hygienic nutritious foods can prevent cholera, yet due to lack of awareness about intake of proper foods, many lives are claimed by cholera.
  • Yellow fever: Yellow fever is most commonly referred as jaundice in some other countries. It is also caused due to viral infection as a result of lack of immunity. Vaccinating to prevent yellow fever is gaining importance in the several African countries like Angola, Zaire, etc. as the fever has started running the life of infants and kids. Similar to intake of anti-malaria drugs, all travelers to Africa is mandated to get vaccinated with anti-yellow fever drugs and get the appropriate certification.
  • Typhoid Fever: Caused due to intake of unhygienic and contaminated food, Typhoid is one of the common African diseases commonly affecting the people living in the rural areas and small towns.


Access to clean water, awareness about various diseases, knowledge about taking medication, and proper vaccinations can help Africans get rid of the deadliest Africa diseases once for all.

By SPDB, published at 02/16/2012
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