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is malaria a virus or bacteria

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
Neither: Malaria is caused by a parasite, the plasmodium. There are different kinds of plasmodium but the best studied one is the plasmodium falciparum.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Parasite: Mosquitoes can carry a Plasmodium parasite which is transmitted from their saliva into a human's blood through a bite to cause Malaria. A Female Anop ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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See below: Sickle cell anemia is caused by a mutation in the beta-hemoglobin gene. The disease is inherited. Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that infec ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Agree with Dr Diede: Sickle-cell trait & disease is an autosomal recessive inheritance from parents (genetics). Malaria is a parasitic infection. In a person who has ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No; Yes: Malaria used to be a terrible problem in much of the Midwest but is gone now thanks mostly to mosquito abatement. West Nile is still a rare but real d ... Read More
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A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Ebola: Not yet. The virus does not survive in the mosquito's saliva. Mutations occur with some frequency but this has not yet transpired. The only means of t ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Isaacs
39 years experience Family Medicine
Malaria and WNV: Malaria is caused by a parasite called plasmodium that infects mainly the red blood cells, but also the liver and other organs. There are several spe ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
Miles apart.: Both are primarily transmitted by mosquitoes and cause fever but wnv is viral and can cause meningitis or encephalitis and malaria is protozoan, causi ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymundo Romero
22 years experience Medical Oncology
2 TYPES OF INFECTION: Although both are transmitted by mosquitoes and symptoms include fevers and headaches, they are different. Wnv = virus, malaria = parasite. Wnv is en ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Isaacs
39 years experience Family Medicine
Malaria and WNV: They don't really differ that much. Both are primarily spread by mosquitoes. There are some differences, though. Malaria is primarily confined to t ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
HIV can't live there: Part of the life cycle of the west nile virus and the malaria plasmodium is in the mosquito. The HIV virus cannot replicate in the mosquito and does n ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victor Nwanguma
20 years experience Infectious Disease
Mosquito bites: Malaria and West Nile virus are transmitted by 2 different types of mosquitoes.

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